“Coming Out” At Work: Dilemma for LGB Employees in Vietnam
This paper examined the sexual orientation disclosure of LGB (lesbian, gay , bisexual) staffs in the Vietnamese
working environment along with its antecedents and consequences. The method was quantitative with320 people in this
community validly returning the questionnaire. The results showed that sexual orientation disclosure had a certain impact
on LGB staffs’ work attitudes, but the higher effect belonged to company support. Reaction of coworker also had a small
influence to the attitudes. In terms of antecedents of disclosure, personal characteristic played the biggest role, followed by
company support and perceived social support. Solutions for LGB employees, coworkers, managers and the whole society
are addressed to improve the working environment for LGB workers in Vietnam.
Key word - coming out, sexual orientation, workplace, disclosure , LGB employees.