Stress and Safety for Gay Men at Work Within Masculinized Industries

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Lesbians and gay men still have concerns related to being openly gay at work and maintaining health and wellness. A gay man working within a masculinized industry (historically male-dominated and higher risk, with an emphasis on authority and masculinity) may have additional concerns that are augmented by the nature of his work and related to maintaining safety and reducing stress experienced on the job. The purpose of this article is to examine some of the safety and stress concerns gay men in these industries may face. Fictional, composite cases-derived from relevant news stories and literature published in academic journals-were analyzed through a guided inquiry process based loosely on Riessman's (1993) narrative evaluation. Discussion and implications focus on policies, practices, and future directions for research that may help to ameliorate some of the issues faced by gay men at work within masculinized industries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-268
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • gay men
  • heterosexism
  • homophobia
  • masculinized industries
  • minority stress
  • safety

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