Risky business: gay identity disclosure in a masculinized industry

Collins, Joshua and Callahan, Jamie (2012) Risky business: gay identity disclosure in a masculinized industry. Human Resource Development International, 15 (4). pp. 455-470. ISSN 1367-8868

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2012.706427


Gay former BP chief executive Lord John Browne resigned his position in 2007 after losing a legal battle to keep a tabloid from printing stories that would ‘out’ him, and purport false accusations of professional misconduct involving a former partner. A comprehensive view of the circumstances leading to Browne's resignation provided a basis for the study of how organizations that value masculine standards work to marginalize gay men. Browne arguably chose not to disclose his sexual orientation for fear of a negative career impact. The purpose of this article is to explore the challenges of disclosure for gay male professionals in masculinized industries and to situate the conversation within Human Resource Development (HRD). Our analysis of the archives of Browne's experiences as an involuntarily outed gay executive in a male-dominated career suggest he struggled with issues of fear related to coping with his gay identity. Implications for HRD practice, research and policy are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual orientation, gay men, disclosure, masculine industries, Lord John Browne
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 11:52
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34174

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