Joe Clayton, Hiscox

Joe Clayton, Hiscox

Do whatever makes you comfortable. Personally I feel uncomfortable trying to avoid talking about my life outside at work so an initial uncomfortable conversation (which probably is only uncomfortable for you!) means a more enjoyable experience at work. Don’t force yourself or let others push for you to do anything, do whatever you feel in yourself is what will make you most comfortable and therefore allow you to perform at your best.

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Iain Gibson, Marsh

Iain Gibson, Marsh

We need more role models across all the spectrum of diversity and we need more dedicated resources to help raise awareness; to educate and to help set the internal agenda for us. We need to expand our dedicated Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) into more areas such as mental health and disability. We need to move more of the activities we currently do out of London and into the regions and we need to find local partners to help us move our local agendas along.

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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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