Workforce Diversity: Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Thailand

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A cornerstone of the homosexual rights movement, equality in the workplace has been a pivotal struggle for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered [LGBT] community. The objective of this article features the concern about sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace of Thailand. Most lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders have emotional intelligence and special ability different from ordinary people. In Thailand, non-heterosexual behaviors are more disclosed now than in the past. They are slowly becoming more accepted by the Thai community. However, sexual orientation discrimination still persists in both public and private organizations and businesses depending on their environment and culture. It is important that these organizations and businesses show concern for the LGBT people in acknowledging sex discrimination and accepting sexual orientation diversity. They can prevent this kind of discrimination among employees by aligning human resource strategies in both short and long terms of organizational strategy in order to make a sustainable competitive advantage.

Keywords: Workforce Diversity, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Workplace Homophobia, Human Resource Management
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English

Asst.Prof.Dr. Chetsada Noknoi

Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Thaksin University
Muang, Songkhla, Thailand

Chetsada Noknoi is a Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Thaksin University, Thailand. His particular areas of interest are human resource management, marketing, and public administration. His recent papers are Buddhist doctrines and the building of learning organization, Buddhist monks’ role as human resource developers in Thailand, Marketing for human resource development: The way to sustainable competitive advantage, Buddhist doctrines and Sufficiency Economy, The remainder of Thaksin’s government: The other side of coin, and Talent management: A key factor to organizational competitive advantage. His current research topics are related to diversity, equality, satisfaction, quality perceiving, and consumer behavior. He can be contacted at:

Phayat Wutthirong

Marketing Manager, The Concrete Products and Aggregate Co., Ltd., Siam Cement Group
Bangsue, Bangkok, Thailand

Phayat Wutthirong is a Marketing Manager of CPAC Bangkok Business at The Concrete Products and Aggregate Co., Ltd. of Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand. His particular areas of interest are human resource management, knowledge management, innovation and marketing. His recent papers are Human resource management for knowledge management: From concept to practice, Change and innovation management in public organization of Thailand and The impact of customer loyalty on word of mouth under different customer satisfaction levels. He can be contacted at:

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