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Old 01-10-2006, 02:06 PM   #16
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:08 AM   #17
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I am nothing but "a good little girl" when it comes to my co workers. I am married to a wonderful husband who loves me and understands I am bi. I have always felt you fall in love with the soul not the gender. I have not told ANYBODY at work about my preferences and I have been there for 3 years! I just don't feel like explaining....I would get the usual "But you are married" and "Why can't you decide?" Grrr. I wish I could just be myself sometimes!
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:59 AM   #18
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I have always been out at work. I have never been one to keep things quiet, well what I mean is, I never broadcasted it, but when it came down to it, when the topic came up, I was always true to myself and to others. I have always worked with supportive and decent people, so it's all good. I have never been none as the "gay" guy at work, but more in fact the "crazy" one with the sense of humour, so I like that.

I have worked in the public eye and customer service for so many years, I guess I have always been out there and quite to the point, and at the same time I have never really cared what others have thought anyhow.
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Old 01-13-2006, 01:24 AM   #19
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My better half and I have been together for 20 years now and he has always been out at work. He's a dealer on the Las Vegas Strip. I on the other hand wasn't out for almost 10 years when I worked in the casinos because I was a boss and was told by my supervisor to keep it to myself if I wanted to remain a boss but that was a long time ago. I only work part time now in the casinos but I am out and MUCH MUCH happier...
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:01 PM   #20
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Yes. I've been at my job a long time. There was never a coming out, but if conversations turned to home and family it was clear. I've gotten to the point that if you know me, you know. You know?
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:53 PM   #21
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Thanks to everyone for sharing in this thread. It is definitely very interesting to read everyone's experiences in the workplace. I work in Higher Education (I am a Residence Hall Director at a college) and have been out in every job I have had. Mostly it was easy because at first much of my work and experience in college that i was putting on my resume was in LGBT related leadership roles. I also do workshops on homophobia/heterosexism on my campus and for others so that definitely puts me out there. My co-workers/supervisors are great and if any haven't been I usually end up opening their minds eventually. hehe My students are funny in that most are usually blown away when they find out I am gay because I guess I do not "seem" gay to them, whatever that means! lol

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Old 01-17-2006, 06:01 AM   #22
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I've never made an announcement

My job situation is that I'm an airbrush artist who works from home. When I'm not airbrushing,I'm training dogs either at a doggy daycare or privately. Dogs don't care. Go to a dog show sometime,you'll find MANY who play on our team!! I've been with my partner for 30 years. WAY too long to refer to her as my "roommate"!!
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:41 PM   #23
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I don't know if I'm out or not. My boss knows that I'm gay, but I've worked for her for 4 years (3 years at a previous company and 1 at this one). She and I have talked about many things and very open about my relationship. Many colleagues know that I'm gay. I just sort of treat it as a very matter of factual thing. Although some poor souls are stumped as to why a middle aged man, who's unmarried and with out kids would own points in DVC. Yeah, and I have a roommate I've lived with for 19 years.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:29 AM   #24
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I am, but thatís just because Iím my own boss now. At my last job the CEO was family, one day we were out on a business dinner and while waiting for the others she told me: ďhave kids, thatís the only thing Iíve ever regret not doingĒÖ so Iím assuming she knew. I told one co-worker, I donít know about the rest, it was never brought up.
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:20 PM   #25
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My partner and I are both out at work. We both work for Fortune 500 companies, she is on their executive GLBT task force and I am on our diversity council. The thing I am most proud of is writing the business case that got domestic partner benefits for employees in 2005. By the way my company is a major utility and this is a major step in the utility industry. Neither of us has any problems at work and both of us have been promoted into upper management after coming out.
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:04 PM   #26
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I'm out at work. I've never really came out and said it, but in a way I think I'm kinda obvious! When I first started I constantly talked about my "roommate" (and of course I still do) so I think the people here just put 2 and 2 together. They're all really cool with it and always ask how she's doing since she's temporarily working out of state now.

My SO has been out in her jobs as well, with the exception of the one she has now. She never "came out", but just like me after talking about the roommate people just clicked on. In fact when I had surgery last year her co-workers were sending me Get Well cards!

I guess that's one of the great things about living in such a liberal area such as the Bay Area, it's very nice and relaxed!

Hey Icebrat, we're not too far away from each other. I'm in Marin!
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:14 AM   #27
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In my previous job, I didn't say much about my personal life because I wasn't that close to my coworkers. I wasn't in a relationship and none of us talked much about what we did outside of work, so there wasn't any need for it to come up. I wasn't "in the closet," but I didn't bring up my sexuality either... until the one day that one of my male co-workers asked if I thought a certain girl was hot, and I just smiled and said, "Dude... you're totally asking the wrong guy."

He looked at me for a moment, then his eyes got wide and he said, "Oh! Oh!.... Oh I didn't know! I'm really sorry!" It took me several minutes to convince him that it was just fine and he had nothing to apologize for. It made me laugh. After that, it seemed like everyone suddenly knew.

Now I work for a gay Christian organization. So yeah... I'm out.

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Old 01-19-2006, 05:08 PM   #28
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My partner and I are both out at work. We both work for Fortune 500 companies, she is on their executive GLBT task force and I am on our diversity council. The thing I am most proud of is writing the business case that got domestic partner benefits for employees in 2005. By the way my company is a major utility and this is a major step in the utility industry. Neither of us has any problems at work and both of us have been promoted into upper management after coming out.
I work for a major utility in New England and we've also got parter benefits. Had them even before MA legalized same-sex marriages.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:52 PM   #29
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My bosses and co-workers do, others don't. I have 2 jobs, I teach pre-school, and I work at a hotel. I doubt the parents would want to know that they have a lesbian teacher, they'd probably freak out.
i teach pre-school also, at an independent N-8 private school. i'm not out to the parents, but i am to most of the faculty and administration, and no one seems to care.
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:29 AM   #30
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I am out at work and actually have come out during interviews. I refuse to work for homophobes. Happy to say I work for Wells Fargo and they are extremely gay-friendly. During my interview I talked about reaching out to the GLBT community and I believe that gave me a leg up. I'm in Florida now (from Massachusetts originally) and so far I've had no problems with homophobes. Also, Wells Fargo has partnership (same and opposite sex) benefits so I signed my partner up and saved quite a bit of money. See you at Gay Days!
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