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Meta-analytical examination

s of the liter

ature indicate

that a generalized fear or antic

ipation of dis

crimination is the

major factor in workers hiding a

lesbian, gay,

or bisexual

identity while at work (Croteu,

1996). Similar

themes are found

within the (1992) qualitative es

say authored b

y lesbian nurse

Theresa Stephany. In addition, t

o discriminati

on from coworkers,

The passage of nondiscrimin

ation policies in Connecticut

occurred as a result of the deve

lopment of strong

interorganizational relationship

s among progressive allies—

individuals who support civil ri

ghts issues for gay and lesbian

persons (Bonelli & Simmons, 2004

). This is one of the most

significant factors in passing n

ondiscrimination policies at the

state level. However, overall or

ganizational voice has been

a main determinant of her remain

ing closeted a

t work.

And while in some instances

, state legisl

ation has been

passed to protect gays and lesbi

ans in the wor

kplace, barriers

brought forth by aggressive reli

gious organiza

tions can serve to

repeal progressive state efforts

to protect ga

ys and lesbians in

the work setting (Weithoff, 2002

). In addition

, too few policy

Stephany mentioned anticipatory

discrimination

from patients as

efforts protecting human rights

are being unde

rtaken politically

of gay and lesbian silence from

organization (Bowen & Blackmon,

found to be lessened as a result

fear of discrimination within an

2003).

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