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Study shows big differences between experiences of LGBT people in Turkey and the UK

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 5 April 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021




The authors wanted to compare the experience of LGBT people in two very different working environments, the UK and Turkey. The countries have different state structures and legislative frameworks.


The authors opted to answer the research question: How LGBT NGOs understand and perceive the inclusion and exclusion of LGBT individuals at work? They interviewed 40 individuals (20 in each country) working at LGBT organizations


Analysis showed that in Turkish workplaces, LGB individuals tend not to express their sexuality openly because they fear dismissal. Few individuals feel able to “come out” at work. Transgender people, especially transgender women, face a lot of discrimination in Turkey. Meanwhile, in the UK, there is a far more inclusionary workplace culture. Nevertheless, LGB individuals may still face some discrimination in the UK. Working within LGBT organizations in both countries was much easier.


Studying two such different cultures revealed major differences, but also some commonalities. The study revealed the importance of unions in the UK in driving policies for LGBT individuals.



(2021), "Study shows big differences between experiences of LGBT people in Turkey and the UK", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 4-5.



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