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MIND THE (generation) GAP

DIFFERENT EXPECTATIONS OF THE WORKPLACE ARE LEADING TO CULTURE CLASHES BETWEEN MILLENNIALS AND THEIR OLDER MANAGERS

It’s hard enough being gay or bi at work for many people, without being a millennial too.

Born between 1982 and 2004, “millennial” is the name given to a person who reached adulthood in the early 21st century. Critically known as the “Peter Pan Generation” and “Generation Me”, millennials at work are often given a hard time by the older baby boomers and Gen-Xers, and now it seems the age-group described as “the gayest generation” (see box) is feeling the impact of their orientation at work.

Although workplace culture has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, there are still many people who work in organisations that are unsupportive and intolerant of LGBTI people. This has serious implications for individuals who may spend much of their time and energy closeting themselves and having to deal with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at work. There is additionally a serious business implication for organisations that ignore the inclusion imperative and view a diversity strategy as merely box-ticking or some vague HR initiative. Loss of productivity and a drain of talent are but two consequences. Ultimately, unhappy employees resign so attitudes to diversity, whatever that diversity “looks” like, really do matter.

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We are thrilled to have singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram on our cover this month! For the first time in her thirty year career, she speaks openly about her sexuality in a revealing interview with Jane Czyzselska. Don’t forget to check out our digital issue for behind-the-scenes video footage from our cover shoot, including Tanita telling us her favourite tracks from the new album. Also in this issue… LGBT History Month: Why is our past so white? What was it like to be lesbian or bi when homosexuality was a crime? A fairytale photoshoot with YouTube super-couple Rose and Rosie Heather Peace looks back at the history of women’s football Vicky Beeching finds out if Jesus was a feminist Jane Hill asks what’s stopping us from working out Phyll Opoku-Gyimah urges us to build our movement up, not tear each other down Sophie Ward investigates theatre’s gender revolution and talks to the female actors taking male roles Get your coat! How lesbian dating’s changed through the ages PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!
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