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Given a long history of institutionalized occupational discrimination based on sexual orientation, sexual minority employees may disengage from work-related tasks in heterosexist environments. Additionally, non-affirming environments are negatively related to job satisfaction. The present study employs social cognitive career theory (SCCT)’s self-management model using a sample of 214 sexual minority employees to examine the process of sexual identity management on work satisfaction. The model hypothesizes gay-affirmative workplace environments will lead to greater levels of identity disclosure and work satisfaction. The present study also tests the moderating effect of an individual’s workplace climate on work satisfaction. Results support continued use of SCCT’s self-management model for examining sexual identity and confirmed a significant moderating effect of workplace climate such that higher levels of job satisfaction were associated with both gay-affirmative work environments and disclosing a sexual minority identity. Counseling and social justice implications and future research directions examining organizational outcomes are considered.

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