When you can take the effort that you spend on hiding facts about yourself and channel it into your work, everyone benefits. I often challenge my straight colleagues to go a week without using their partner’s name or pronouns, just to show how stressful it is and how much energy it takes up.Read More
I came out pretty early in my first job: I was part of a graduate scheme and amongst peers so it was relatively easy. I was in the middle of my first break-up and the group noticed I was not myself and I just told them what was going on. They were fab and supported me and it just grew from there. As soon as I knew I was accepted as myself there was no reason to move to a job where that might be threatened, so I just asked at subsequent interviews. I won’t lie, it was scary and 20 years ago was not a particularly usual question for a candidate to ask in an interview … but it did mean I went confidently into further roles.
The latest thing I’m grappling with is that of my gender identity. Through finding out more of the various identities and have recently come to recognise myself as gender non-binary. It is weird to find myself coming out all over again.Read More