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Master of Arts



First Advisor

Pamela Nickels

Second Advisor

Madonna Riesenmy

Third Advisor

Anita Sankar


The threat of discrimination and job loss causes many gay, lesbian, and bisexual (g/ I/ b) Americans to keep their sexual orientation a secret at work. The decision to keep one's personal life hidden increases the level of stress experienced and can coincide with lower levels of job satisfaction. The fear of discrimination is even greater for g/1/b individuals working in K - 12 educational settings due to the more socially conservative environment of schools. This study examined the relationship between degree of disclosure about one's homosexual orientation and one's level of job satisfaction. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive correlation between these tv\•o variables. The sample consisted of 98 educators working in a K-12 setting who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Although the hypothesis was not supported, two correlations were identified as significant (alpha = .05). These findings suggest that the school's perceived acceptance of homosexuality and a teacher's comfort in disclosing sexual orientation are better indicators of job satisfaction ratings. Possible explanations for the findings and suggestions for further research are discussed.

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