Workplace Heterosexist Experiences Questionnaire (WHEQ)

DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS in your workplace‚ have you been in a situation where any of your supervisors or coworkers:
1.    Told offensive jokes about lesbians‚ gay men or bisexual people (e.g.‚ “fag” or “dyke” jokes‚ AIDS jokes)?
2.    Made homophobic remarks in general (e.g.‚ saying that gay people are sick or unfit to be parents)?
3.    Ignored you in the office or in a meeting because you are gay/lesbian/bisexual?
4.    Made crude or offensive sexual remarks about you either publicly (e.g‚. in the office) or to you privately?
5.    Made homophobic remarks about you personally (e.g.‚ saying you were abnormal or perverted)?
6.    Called you a “dyke‚” “faggot‚” “fence-sitter” or some similar slur?
7.    Avoided touching you (e.g.‚ shaking your hand) because of your sexual orientation?
8.    denied you a promotion‚ raise‚ or other career advancement because of your sexual orientation
9.    Made negative remarks based on your sexual orientation about you to other co-workers?
10.Tampered with your materials (e.g.‚ computer files‚ telephone) because of your sexual orientation?
11.Physically hurt (e.g.‚ punched‚ hit‚ kicked or beat) you because of your sexual orientation?
12.Set you up on a date with a member of the other sex when you did not want it?
13.Left you out of social events because of your sexual orientation?
14.Asked you questions about your personal or love life that made you uncomfortable (e.g.‚ why don’t you ever date anyone or come to office social events)?
15.Displayed or distributed homophobic literature or materials in your office (e.g.‚ electronic mail‚ flyers‚ brochures)?
16.Made you afraid that you would be treated poorly if you discussed your sexual orientation?
17.Implied faster promotions or better treatment if you kept quiet about your sexual orientation?
18.Made you feel it was necessary for you to pretend to be heterosexual in social situations (e.g.‚ bringing an other-sex date to a company social event‚ going to a heterosexual “strip” bar for business purposes)?
19.Made you feel it was necessary for you to lie about your personal or love life (e.g.‚ saying that you went out on a date with a person of the other sex over the weekend or that you were engaged to be married)?
20.Discouraged your supervisors from promoting you because of your sexual orientation?
21.Made it necessary for you to “act straight” (e.g.‚ monitor your speech‚ dress‚ or mannerisms)?
22.Made you feel as though you had to alter discussions about your personal or love life (e.g.‚ referring to your partner as a “roommate”)?
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23.Made unwanted attempts to draw you into a discussion of personal or sexual matters (e.g.‚ attempted to discuss or comment on your sex life)?
24.Gave you unwanted sexual attraction?
25.Made unwanted attempts to stroke or fondle you?
 
0=Never‚ 1=Once or Twice‚ 2=Sometimes‚ 3=Often‚ 4=Most of the time
 
 

Waldo‚ C. R. (1999). Working in a majority context: A structural model heterosexism as minority stress in the workplace. Journal of Counseling Psychology‚ 46(2)‚ 218-232.

Gates. Trevor. Grant.‚ (2012). Lesbian‚ Gay and Bisexual Workers in Chicago: Enacted Stigmatization‚ Stigma Consciousness‚ and Outness. Jane Addams College of Social Work‚ University of Illinois at Chicago. PhD dissertation.