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Most LGBTQ+ doctors hide their sexual orientation or gender identity at work

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2637 (Published 02 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2637
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

Most non-heterosexual and trans doctors do not feel comfortable being open at work about their sexual orientation or gender identity because of prejudice and discrimination against LGBTQ+ within the medical profession, shows a BMA report.1

The report was based on a survey of UK doctors which found that negative stereotypes, derogatory language, and social exclusion of LGBTQ+ people persist within the medical profession.

Just 43% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ+) doctors responding to the survey reported feeling able to be open about their sexual orientation where they work or study and only 34% felt able to be open about their gender identity, the report said.

The survey of doctors and medical students generated 2490 responses. Several responses included language …

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