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I think I’m the only gay person at work and it makes me sad. What can I do

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Believe me... you’re never the only gay at work 😉

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Work towards ensuring your office is diverse and inclusive (not just lgbtq diverse either). Ensure others feel enabled to be their authentic selves. Between these two you may find others coming out since they’ll feel more comfortable - and if not, or you simply really are the only LGBTQ in the village, then you’ll have an even better workplace than when you started :)

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Just be yourself. You're not alone and being yourself will draw others to your gay ass light

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Can you get involved in recruiting efforts? Our SF office is shockingly straight, so I’ve started proactively reaching out to lgbt student groups prior to recruiting events to get the word out.

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Honest, non judgmental question: is it actually shockingly straight or is it not welcoming/inclusive enough for those who are LGBTQ to feel they can be their authentic selves there? Again: I know nothing of your agency and I’m not judging it - I’m only rhetorically asking to ensure that your not only thinking of the supply side of the equation. I had this problem in a European office...when I arrived there there was only two of us in an office of 200+ despite the other LGBTQ trying to recruit others through hiring. After some investigative work, it turns out the environment/culture itself just needed to be tweaked a bit to be more visibly inclusive. As soon as that happened membership in the ERG changed dramatically.

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Start converting the heteros

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Sing “I am what I am” at the top of your voice every morning.

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