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Queerly Clear

Workmates of Dorothy

This seminar explores the characteristic of sexuality from a workplace perspective.

This aspect of the equality pantheon is unique, in that it is the only one in which some of those covered by the act were criminalised and actively pursued by the state.

Despite the presence of “Gay Culture” throughout UK history, this has often, through necessity, been confined to theatrical, artistic or group-centred workplace and economic activities.

Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be deployed pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late-19th century.

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people, although now an amalgamated element of the social and cultural landscape in the UK, still have to navigate a social “coming out” process.

This process is often in relation to the workplace and can be a nerve wracking and risky step to take.

Despite leaps and bounds, people of differing sexualities can still face a struggle when it comes to a successful work life balance.

It was ever thus, and this leads to interesting considerations around the myth and falsehoods about LGB people.

Why do people think Bisexual people are greedy or simply unable to make a choice?

What shaped the life of LGB people in the workplace?

Why do we hear so much about gay men and so little about bisexual or lesbian people?

To answer these and many other questions or for more information on how this programme can help you please contact us.