In a surprise finding, those 75 and up are the most accepting of LGBTQ coworkers
SAN FRANCISCO—June 7, 2018—Bospar, the boutique PR firm that puts tech companies on the map, has discovered that a majority of Americans (55 percent) have no preferences about with whom they work when it comes to sexuality and gender expression.
To coincide with 2018 gay pride, Bospar teamed up with Propeller Insights and asked over 1,000 American adults with whom they preferred to work. Here’s the breakdown representative of the entire country:
- 55% – No preference
- 31.6% – Straight women
- 31.1% – Straight men
- 9.8% – Gay men
- 8.0% – Lesbian women
- 4.7% – Transgender men
- 4.6% – Transgender women
“This is an amazing milestone,” said Curtis Sparrer, a principal of Bospar. “I remember coworkers citing my sexuality as a reason why I shouldn’t be hired or promoted. To see a majority of Americans now shrug and basically say ‘so what’ to their coworkers’ sexuality or gender expression is extraordinarily satisfying. But before we get smug and say, ‘You’ve come a long way, baby,’ we have to admit that these numbers show there is a lot of progress yet to be made.”
Bospar and Propeller drilled down by gender, political party, race and age and discovered a trend that bucked conventional wisdom: the older Americans were, the more accepting they were of sexuality and gender identity. A majority of 75-year-olds and older (60 percent) were the age demographic most likely to not care about the sexuality or gender expression of their colleagues, followed by Generation X (35 to 54-years-old) at 59.3 percent. Next came Millennials (18 to 34-years-old) at 56.7 percent. Baby Boomers were the least accepting, with 47.9 percent saying they had no preference.
While most Americans said they had no preference on who they worked with, they did show a preference for working with people of their same orientation. For example, while 54.3 percent of heterosexuals said they had no preference regarding with whom they worked, their next favorite group to work with was heterosexual men and women. There was one exception to cohorts favoring their peers, and that came with men: while 47.3 percent of men said they had no preference with whom they worked, their second preference was straight women (39.6 percent), followed by straight men (38.2 percent), lesbians (10.3 percent), gay men (9.3 percent), transgender women (5.3 percent), and transgender men (4.8 percent).
Democrats were the most likely not to have a preference with whom they worked, at 61.9 percent versus Independents (59.4 percent) or Republicans (41 percent). The higher the level of education completed, the more accepting people were. That was also true with high income earners: a majority of people making over $200,000 per year (66.7 percent) said that sexual orientation or gender expression was not important to them. Latinos were most likely not to have a preference, (63.3 percent), followed by Caucasians (54.9 percent) Asians (54.2 percent) and African-Americans (48.1 percent). Americans with children in the house were slightly more likely to be more accepting of LGBTQ coworkers (58.5 percent versus 53.5 percent).
“It’s exciting to see the growth in tolerance within the workplace,” said Gabrielle Ferdman-Ayala, Principal of Propeller Insights. “While the overall numbers by political party point to expected differences between liberals and conservatives, there is hope in youth. Just under 50 percent of Millennial Republicans say they have no preference about with whom they work, while their political elders collectively fall below 40 percent.”
Work Preference by Gender: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b0346b73d9fd9.34247657
Work Preference by Age Group: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b0351a29c2b92.38459079
Work Preference by Political Affiliation: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b034b24b51205.47161148
Work Preference by Sexual Orientation: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b034b2812aec1.13890843
Work Preference by Ethnicity: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b034b20660225.37012646
Work Preference by Marital Status: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b034b2b74e4e9.16118660
Work Preference by Level of Education: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b0351baa62203.44632697
Work Preference by Household Income: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b0351be5b8478.11471964
Work Preference by Children in HH: https://surveys.propellerinsights.com/r/445431_5b0351abb466b3.04857300
About Propeller Insights
Propeller Insights is a full-service market research firm based in Los Angeles. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to measure and analyze marketplace and consumer opinions, they work extensively across industries such as travel, brand intelligence, entertainment/media, retail, and consumer packaged goods.
Bospar is a boutique tech PR firm featuring a team of highly seasoned professionals who exist to put tech companies on the map. Bospar’s principals include a longtime PR and tech industry guru, a former broadcast TV producer and award-winning media maven, a standout PR agency manager from the corporate side of a leading global law firm, and an experienced executive with both large agency and public company credentials. Bospar’s larger team includes experts in both social and traditional media, as well as financial and analyst relations and public affairs.