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policy which protects gays and lesbians (Human Rights Campaign, 2003a).

Discriminat

While existence o workplace, homophobia setting; an setting, th responsiven (Saunders,

Some s discriminat those condu

ion Against Gays and Lesbians in there are many sources of data s f discrimination against gays an there is very little data examin and prevalence of discrimination d when examining discrimination ere is also a lack of research s ess to deal with homophobia with 2001). tudies do examine physician atti ory belief patterns. Examples of cted by Tellez, Ramos, Umland, P

Healthcare upporting the d lesbians in the ing the amount of

in the healthcare in the healthcare tudying the in the workplace

tudes and such studies include alley, and Skipper

  • (1999)

    ; Lock (1998); O’Hanlan, Cabaj, Schatz, Lock, and Nemrow

  • (1997)

    ; Olsen and Mann (1997); and Muller and White (1997). Of

significance to this study, however pertains to the homophobia of regis all of the researchers examined the homophobia on the gay and lesbian p examined the impacts of physician h attitudes regarding a protective wo homosexuals.

, none of this research tered nurses. In addition,

negative impacts of atient population; none omophobia in the workplace or rkplace policy for

Review of the current literatu examining the wellbeing of homosexu homophobia in the workplace. Those

re found very few studies al physicians as related to reviewed concentrated on the

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