Coming out in the workplace….. – The Fab Femme

Coming out in the workplace…..

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 Coming out in the workplace can be a tricky endeavour for some people. Its hard to be able to tell who you can and cant trust in the workplace when your in a new environment. When is it right to come out at your job?!

Coming out at work is a dilemma every openly gay person will have to deal with at some point. As a gay female, I find myself having to come out over and over again to different people on a daily basis. I think all gay people go rough through this.

When is the right time to come out at work?! Do you wait and observe your coworkers thoughts on gays and the LGBT community?! Or do you step into the workplace out and proud from the beginning?

I personally like to observe my surroundings and get to know people a little better before I tell them all of my personal business. Its not even about me being gay. Its about not giving information to people I hardly know.

I think you should be careful when coming out in the workplace. Not everyone may agree with the fact that you are gay and you don’t want to have to deal with extra drama at work. I like to establish little relationships with my co workers and let them get to know me for me before I tell them about my sexuality. That way there may be a lesser chance of them passing judgement based on my sexuality right away.

Being true to yourself is important. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to just stay in the closet at work unless they’re working for the Klan. Lol. Read over your workplace policies, get to know your co workers, and then decide when the best time for you to come out at work is. Stay positive. Stay focused.

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Aryka Randall is a media mogul in the making from San Diego, California. After relocating to Louisiana in 2004, Randall became active in her local LGBTQ community. Randall was recently featured on Go Magazines annual ‘100 Women We Love‘ issue along with Tagg Magazine, the Dinah Shore Blog, and a number of other LGBT publications for her work in the LGBT community

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  • At 2010.06.06 22:48, Joanne said:

    Coming out every other day is draining and since I’ve been doing it for like 8 years now, it’s got tired. I tend to leave my personal life at the door when it comes to work/school. I mean I won’t lie, I flat out refuse to but I don’t free up info unless I want to be friends with someone. I clock in & out, same with college. There’s so much BS in the world & you can never gage what someones reaction is going to be, so I choose the uncomplicated route. Unless I plan to see someone out of the 9-5 daily grind then they don’t need to know very much about me that isn’t on my resume.

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