5 Industries Still Hostile To Gay Workers

When Anderson Cooper announced on Monday that he was in fact a gay man, and proud of it, he was showered with supportive tweets. But the CNN anchor didn't exactly out himself in the most hostile industry. There are plenty of openly gay and lesbian cable stars, from political commentator Rachel Maddow and talk-show host Suze Orman to CNN newscaster Don Lemon.

Other sectors aren't so accepting, have few openly gay employees, and are frequently mired in discrimination suits. This isn't just bad news for gay workers, but their employers too. Closeted employees are 73 percent more likely to say they'll leave their company in the next three years, according to a 2011 study by The Center for Work-Life Policy. Almost half of college-educated professionals aren't open about their sexual orientation at work, and only a third of closeted employees said they were satisfied with their careers, compared to two-thirds of their openly gay co-workers.

Still, there have been leaps of progress over the past 15 years. Until last September, gay men and women couldn't openly serve in the military by law. And last month, gay troops sipped champagne with their commander-in-chief at the Pentagon's first gay pride reception. But there are a handful of industries that lag behind the rest. Reporting suggests these five are among the worst offenders:

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Neil Patrick Harris?

January 22 2013 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

keep your personal life to yourself ,,,, we dont care

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We could keep our personal life to ourselves if we did not have to worry about being able to live our lives without this smallmindedness.

January 22 2013 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a joke! Hollywood has been nothing but one big drumbeat, "gay, gay, gay," for the last ten years. They pour money into gay causes. They campaign for gay rights. Hardly a movie is made any more that doesn't have a gay message. This is especially so on TV.

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