Over 40% of Italy's LGBT+ workers say careers hit by discrimination

FILE PHOTO: Protest after Italian government tells Milan to stop registering same-sex couples' children

ROME (Reuters) - Four out of 10 LGBT+ people in Italy believe discrimination has damaged them at work, a survey by national statistics bureau ISTAT and state anti-discrimination office UNAR showed on Monday.

Among those surveyed, 41.4% said that being homosexual or bisexual had been a disadvantage for their career, professional recognition or salary, especially among payroll workers in the private sector.

More than six out of 10 preferred not to speak about their private lives at work in order to avoid revealing their sexual orientation, the survey showed.

The poll was carried out in 2022 and surveyed 1,200 people.

LGBT+ rights and gender equality in Italy have been a particularly sensitive issue since right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni came to power seven months ago vowing to combat what she called the "LGBT lobby".

Her government has told mayors to stop registering the children of same-sex parents and the ruling majority has submitted a bill to parliament aimed at prosecuting couples who go abroad to have a baby via a surrogate, mainly targeting gay couples.

(Reporting by Antonella Cinelli, editing by Gavin Jones and Sharon Singleton)