Research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender diversity in the workplace.

2013 European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

93,000 respondents in 28 EU member states participated in a survey of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their daily lives. To date this study is the largest worldwide. Over 1,600 people from Ireland participated in the study.

Workplace findings

  • 3% said they have always experienced a general negative attitude at work while 17% have often experienced a general negative attitude.


  • 32% of respondents are always open about being L,G,B or T at work over the last 5 years.
  • 31% are always 'out' to immediate superior/head of department
  • 16% are 'out' to clients/customers.

For more information see FRA EU LGBT Rights Survey and FRA LGBT Survey Data Explorer

Supporting LGBT Lives: A Study of the Mental Health and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Supporting LGBT Lives (Mayock et al, 2009) is the most comprehensive study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Ireland. Over 1,110 people participated in the research. Survey participants were asked inter alia if they had experienced negative behaviour in the workplace due to hostility to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more

Burning Issues, listening to the voice of the LGBT community in Ireland.

Equality in the workplace was ranked as the single most important issue affecting LGBT people in a poll of 1,127 LGBT people published in 2009. The poll entitled "Burning Issues", published in 2009 by the National Gay and Lesbian Federation asked respondents to rank a wide range of equality and quality of life issues for LGBT people.

Public Services Executive Union LGBT Survey

The Public Service Executive Union (PSEU) identified a lack of data about the experiences of LGBT members in their workplaces and in the PSEU itself. The PSEU undertook a survey of its 10,000 members with the support of GLEN in 2009. The survey found:

  • 71% of respondents indicated that the atmosphere for LGBT employees is improving.


  • 60% of LGBT respondents were not ‘out' to their immediate line manager/supervisor.
  • 53% stated that LGBT employees must be secretive to management about their sexuality.
  • 55% feared unfair treatment because of their sexual orientation
  • 60% indicated that LGBT employees were not free to be themselves.

For further workplace information see documents below.