James Little, Liberty Specialty Markets

James Little, Liberty Specialty Markets

In school I learnt a lot of things; being gay wasn’t normal, was one of them. I learnt to divide myself into two different people; public James and private James. For a long time the private James, the gay James, was only for me. He had feelings that could never be discussed openly and wanted a lifestyle that growing up I didn’t really know it existed.

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Greg Lowe, Aon

Greg Lowe, Aon

I felt trapped not being out at work. I was out since I was 18 and never held this back until I started my first job in banking. Going back into the closet, even if only at work, was difficult and probably contributed to my frustration with my job. I decided I would look to other opportunities outside banking and that gave me the courage to just take the step and come out to my colleagues as I had nothing to lose. The reaction was on the whole positive, though I had some interesting questions. When I started my first job in insurance at Aon, I brought it up with my manager right away as I wanted to make sure that didn’t hang over my head like it did before. I was free to focus on my work and be myself, which gave me a huge increase in confidence.

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