Diversity and representation benefit the progression of science and technology, but the presence of diverse workers does not guarantee they feel safe or empowered to do their jobs. Discrimination against LGBTQ employees in the workplace has left workers feeling uncomfortable and ready to quit, not to mention at higher risk for depression, anxiety and insomnia.  Part of an inclusive work environment means employees are free to be themselves without fear of discrimination or retaliation from colleagues. But if workers feel unsafe or unsure of whether their identities will be respected, it can be difficult to excel at work or establish meaningful relationships with colleagues—both of which are pivotal aspects of professional growth. Participating in networking or resource groups can help LGBTQ workers find colleagues who are allies in their workplace, and maintain those supportive relationships even when they change companies.

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