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Attitudes to LGBT+ in construction | third annual survey

NCE is exploring attitudes to LGBT in construction

New Civil Engineer has launched its third annual survey to investigate the industry’s attitudes towards LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.

Last year, the survey revealed that 71% of LGBT workers in the construction industry felt they could not be open about their sexuality on a site and 51% said their sexuality prevented them from progressing in their careers.

But issues did not reside solely on the construction site. Fifty three per cent of LGBT engineers working in engineering consultancies reported having heard homophobic slurs. Twenty seven per cent said they had personally experienced them.

The survey was run in conjunction with New Civil Engineer sister titles Construction News and Architects’ Journal and was completed by over 1,400 people.

The survey showed a real desire for bosses to show more leadership on the issue. Just 39% of all those surveyed said they saw support for LGBT issues from senior colleagues in the industry, with 83% of LGBT workers wanting to see more support from within the profession.

This year, we want to hear whether progress has been made.

Click here to take part.

Whatever your sexuality or gender, we want to hear your views on whether the industry is doing enough to create an inclusive environment for LGBT workers.

Take our anonymous survey which is open to contractors, consultants, property professionals, engineers, surveyors, students and architects.

The data will be used in both print and online articles and will provide an insight into how the industry treats its LGBT+ employees.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Never asked nor worried about the sex orientation or habits of colleagues . As long as they did their job and stayed out of my hair, all was well.

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  • Can you imagine how exhausting it must be to have to think every sentence through before you say it so that you don't out yourself? A colleague asks what you did at the weekend and you have to think to make the sentence gender neutral before you say it. Not to mention the derogatory comments "That's really gay!" when someone does or says something they don't approve of.

    Someone's gender or sexual orientation shouldn't make a damn bit of difference to how they're treated at work or received by colleagues. We're in the 21st century now. Let's all act like it.

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