The experiences of male gay business owners in the UK

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    The article reports on a qualitative study of the motivations for and experiences of business ownership amongst 11 male gay entrepreneurs in the UK. Included in this analysis is a comparison with issues identified throughout the extant literature for other minority groups, particularly women. Corroborating previous studies, the male-gay-owned firms studied here were concentrated in the service sector and catered to diverse markets. While homophobia is reported in both employment and business ownership it is indirect and implicit rather than direct discrimination or harassment and is not cited as an entrepreneurial motivator. The findings are of importance insofar as they provide new knowledge and consequently, further our understanding of the diverse phenomena of entrepreneurship. Further, the article illustrates that heteronormativity and the gendered nature of most employment contexts also extends to the entrepreneurship domain.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)890-906
    JournalInternational Small Business Journal
    Issue number8
    Early online date9 May 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • business ownership, discrimination, diversity, entrepreneurship, gay, minority, motivations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting


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