Survey and Results

We created a Google Form survey and posted it to the DC Queer Exchange Facebook group. We received a total of 62 responses, and these graphs aid to contextualize some of our quantitative findings.

This graph depicts the relationship between the ages of our respondents and the degree to which they felt they express their queer identities through the way they physically present themselves in their daily life (from 1, meaning "not at all" to 5, meaning "very much")

The respondents had generally positive responses that they did outwardly and physically express their identities on a daily basis, with the 30's age group expressing the least.

This graph depicts the relationship between the ages of our respondents and their comfort level with expressing their queer identities in the workplace (from 1, meaning "not at all" to 5, meaning "very much")

The respondents had decreasing comfort with age, as the youngest age group responded with the most comfort, and the oldest expressing the least.

This graph depicts the relationship between the level of "professional" appearance expected from employees and the comfort level to express one's queer identity in the workplace.

It generally appears that, with increasing standards for professionalism, the level of comfort respondents felt to physically express their queer identities decreased.

 

This is evidence to support the claim that standards of professionalism marginalize queer individuals and stifle their ability to present themselves in an authentic way.