Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jessica Wildman

Second Advisor

Emily Martinez-Vogt

Third Advisor

Gary Burns


This study aimed to investigate the team network of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) employees, as well as the factors influencing those team networks. The findings were based on responses from 13 participants who identified as either lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Participants completed a 60-minute interview, which was audio recorded and transcribed for analysis. The data was analyzed using MaxQDA qualitative analysis software, employing a phenomenological approach. Two research questions were addressed: (1) How, if at all, does the form and nature of the team network differ between the subgroups of LGB employees? and (2) How do various contextual factors impact an LGB individual’s team network? Six main themes emerged from the data analysis: (1) Navigating Visibility and Coming Out, (2) Queer Connection in the Team, (3) Importance of Sexual Identity, (4) Company Culture and Attitudes, (5) Leader Support, and (6) Navigating Differences. The study acknowledges its limitations and suggests future research directions. Ultimately, the results offer valuable insights for organizations seeking to support LGB employees and cultivate a more inclusive workplace culture.