ANZ, February 20, 2019
New ANZ research1 shows that almost half a million LGBTIQ+ community members (1 in every 4) in Australia are still not comfortable being their true selves and discussing their sexuality and gender identity with their loved ones or friends.
ANZ commissioned the research to mark its 13 year relationship with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
ANZ’s Group Executive Australia, Mark Hand, who is also Chair of ANZ’s Diversity Council, said: “Being open about your whole identity is something that all Australians should be comfortable doing, and yet our research shows that this is not the case.”
Key research findings:
- 84% of LGBTIQ+ community members believe there are still parts of Australia where it is unsafe to be LGBTIQ+. And 68% of non- LGBTIQ+ think so too.
- 68% of Aussies support efforts to improve LGBTIQ+ equality.
- LGBTIQ+ community members are still twice as likely to experience some form of harassment, discrimination or open prejudice because of their sexual orientation.
- 52% of LGBTIQ+ community members would not open up about their sexuality with their manager at work.