In a recent analysis of the 2021 census data in England and Wales, the spotlight has been cast on LGBTQ+ representation within various professions. The findings provide valuable insights into the diversity of the workforce, shedding light on some surprising statistics.
Flight Attendants: Soaring with Diversity
At the forefront of the list, flight attendants emerge as the occupation with the highest LGBTQ+ representation, with an impressive 13% of their workforce identifying as gay or bisexual. This remarkable statistic underscores the deliberate efforts made by the International Association of Flight Attendants to create a safe and inclusive environment for queer individuals within their ranks. As a spokesperson for the Association pointed out, “Our solidarity has allowed thousands of flight attendants to live and work as their authentic selves.”
The Arts and Nightlife Industries
Following closely behind are actors, entertainers, and presenters, with 12.3% of their professionals identifying as LGBTQ+. Notably, theme park attendants also feature prominently in the top three, with 11.0% being part of the queer community. This data suggests a preference among LGBTQ+ individuals for spaces where their identities are embraced, including the arts and nightlife industries.
Stereotypes and Queer Visibility
Conversely, the list of the straightest professions includes roles such as roofing, air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians, scaffolders, stagers, and riggers, all with a mere 0.6% to 0.5% of their workforce self-identifying as LGB+. These findings challenge stereotypes surrounding the suitability of certain professions for LGBTQ+ individuals and shed light on the disparities in queer visibility across different sectors.
High School Teachers and Kitchen/Catering Assistants: Common and Queer-Friendly
Additionally, the census data unveiled the most common jobs, with high school teachers and kitchen/catering assistants both having the highest proportion of gay individuals, each accounting for 5.0% of their respective workforces. These figures indicate that diversity and acceptance can thrive in a variety of roles.
The census data serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering inclusive environments across all professions, challenging stereotypes, and promoting LGBTQ+ visibility in workplaces throughout England and Wales.