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‘The online world is a brilliant force for advocating change’

‘The online world is a brilliant force for advocating change’

David McDiarmid, Head of Paid Search at global marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi, talks to GSN about his role and being out at work

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Why it’s better to be ‘out’ than in

Why it’s better to be ‘out’ than in

Michael Brunt, CMO at The Economist, on being out at work and why being authentic can only help your creative powers

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Read how this gay, former asylum seeker has now forged a career with UK Home Office

Read how this gay, former asylum seeker has now forged a career with UK Home Office

‘I was deeply ashamed of my immigration status … Introducing yourself as an asylum seeker to a date or someone you fancy at a gay bar is just not a cool thing to do!’

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Entering the workplace drove me back in the closet – until I switched employer

Entering the workplace drove me back in the closet – until I switched employer

Attorney James Reed: ‘By the end of the first month of my job, I had retreated so far back into the closet that I began to lie again, just like I had in high school.’

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‘I absolutely refuse to let the defendant victimize my client’

‘I absolutely refuse to let the defendant victimize my client’

Attorney Laurence Best explains how coming out as gay later in life allowed him to finally lead an 'authentic and whole life'

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‘My life as a lesbian made me an outsider which placed me outside the rules’

‘My life as a lesbian made me an outsider which placed me outside the rules’

Carrington M. Mead, a Florida-based attorney, explains how she carved out a successful law career despite facing initial resistance from her family

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Kate Scott-Hughes: ‘It’s so important to have role models within an organization’

Kate Scott-Hughes: ‘It’s so important to have role models within an organization’

Scott-Hughes is a civil servant working for the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and Vice Chair of the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance

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Anna Kellner: ‘I am glad I am out at school; it feels good not hiding being gay’

Anna Kellner: ‘I am glad I am out at school; it feels good not hiding being gay’

The UK-based teacher said she came out at school partly because she couldn’t contain her excitement when her wife became pregnant

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Karin Cook: ‘Everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work.’

Karin Cook: ‘Everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work.’

A ‘Top Straight Ally’ on this year’s OUTstanding Top 30 Allies’ List, Karin Cook, of Lloyds Banking Group, shares her experience championing the LGBT agenda at one of Britain’s biggest banks

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Mark McBride-Wright: ‘Bringing your whole self to work gives you the capacity for creativity’

Mark McBride-Wright: ‘Bringing your whole self to work gives you the capacity for creativity’

The British engineer, co-founder and chair of LGBTI network group InterEngineering, says the sector still suffers because of its stereotypical, male-dominated image

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Martyn Loukes: ‘Having one less thing to worry about makes you happier’

Martyn Loukes: ‘Having one less thing to worry about makes you happier’

Loukes is a Business Development Manager with Transport for London (TfL). Earlier this year, he was awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen for his services promoting LGBT diversity

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Camila Costa: 'Job performance has nothing to do with being straight or not'

Camila Costa: 'Job performance has nothing to do with being straight or not'

The Brazil-based translator explains why she is a straight ally and campaigner for workplace equality

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David Weston: ‘My decision to be out at work came after profoundly difficult personal issues’

David Weston: ‘My decision to be out at work came after profoundly difficult personal issues’

The founder of the Teacher Development Trust talks about his decision to come out at the school where he worked

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David Baker: 'When I started to question my sexuality I was removed from school.'

David Baker: 'When I started to question my sexuality I was removed from school.'

David Baker is an MBA Candidate 2016 at Oxford Said Business School. Despite his religious, conservative background, here he explains how he has been inspired to be out in his studies and future career

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The Glass Closet: What happened next

The Glass Closet: What happened next

EXCLUSIVE: Lord John Browne shares an extract from his foreword to the paperback edition of The Glass Closet

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Jader Correa: ‘Film and television casting directors are homophobic’

Jader Correa: ‘Film and television casting directors are homophobic’

An actor and graphic designer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Correa reflects on being out at work and experiencing homophobia in the acting world

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Daniel Docherty: ‘The reaction to our ally program was overwhelming’

Daniel Docherty: ‘The reaction to our ally program was overwhelming’

A Vice President at Bank of America Merill Lynch, Docherty reflects on the success of the organization’s Ally program in fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion

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Sander van 't Noordende: ‘Being out at work has enabled me to fully realize my potential’

Sander van 't Noordende: ‘Being out at work has enabled me to fully realize my potential’

The Group Chief Executive, Products Operating Group, Accenture, offers practical advice on being out at work

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Stephen Frost: ‘Some people perceived me to be an activist simply because I was being myself.’

Stephen Frost: ‘Some people perceived me to be an activist simply because I was being myself.’

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

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Andrew Barratt: ‘Authenticity is one of the most important things in life to uphold’

Andrew Barratt: ‘Authenticity is one of the most important things in life to uphold’

Barratt works for global advertising and marketing company, Ogilvy and Mather, and is the founder and head of Ogilvy Pride UK. Ogilvy and Mather scored 100% as a 'Best LGBT Place to Work' in the Human Rights Campaign 2015 Corporate Index

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Bob Witeck: ‘American Airlines helped other brands to come out of the corporate closet’

Bob Witeck: ‘American Airlines helped other brands to come out of the corporate closet’

The President and Founder of Witeck Communications reflects on a key moment in corporate America’s evolution regarding the public endorsement of LGBT issues

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Carole Cameron: ‘Even if someone is uncomfortable with gay people, you can win them over with your work’

Carole Cameron: ‘Even if someone is uncomfortable with gay people, you can win them over with your work’

A senior manager with aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, Cameron reflects on the advantages of being out at work from the day you join a company

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Mike Lowe: ‘It makes more sense to look forward than back’

Mike Lowe: ‘It makes more sense to look forward than back’

Formerly a sales director in the printing industry, Lowe – now retired – decided to come out after a heart attack in his early 40s made him realize the importance of living life on his own terms

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Fabrice Houdart: ‘Coming out relieved me of the shame I had felt for so many years’

Fabrice Houdart: ‘Coming out relieved me of the shame I had felt for so many years’

Now working for World Bank as a Senior Country Officer for Maghreb, Houdart reflects on coming out at work and the journey that business has undertaken in respect to LGBTI workplace equality

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Vandy Beth Glenn: ‘The court ruled in my favor less than a week later, and ordered the state to return me to my job’

Vandy Beth Glenn: ‘The court ruled in my favor less than a week later, and ordered the state to return me to my job’

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning... and how she successfully fought the decision

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James Glover: ‘I relaxed into showing my colleagues the real me’

James Glover: ‘I relaxed into showing my colleagues the real me’

A Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development in a healthcare organization, Glover came out when named Employee of the Year at an awards dinner

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Paula Singleton: ‘Be so good at what you do that they can’t ignore you’

Paula Singleton: ‘Be so good at what you do that they can’t ignore you’

Singleton, a PhD holder and senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, appreciates working in an environment where diversity is welcomed and valued

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Chris Crespo: ‘What if you weren’t afraid?’

Chris Crespo: ‘What if you weren’t afraid?’

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

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Brian McNaught: ‘Companies have to create environments that will attract and retain the best’

Brian McNaught: ‘Companies have to create environments that will attract and retain the best’

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

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Justin Chenette: ‘Voters treated me no differently than any other candidate who came to their door’

Justin Chenette: ‘Voters treated me no differently than any other candidate who came to their door’

Now a Member of the Maine House of Representatives, Chenette reflects on campaigning as an openly gay candidate

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