In inclusive organisations, individuals who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual are able to be themselves, without fear of discrimination or recrimination. They bring their full selves to their work. They are able to participate in conversations about family and friends.
In an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding, people are able to offer their full attention and energy to their work; morale and productivity are high. Inclusive organisations provide the same quality of benefits and support for their domestic partners and dependents as they do for the families of heterosexual employees.
If you decide to “come out,” you may be faced with “additional” discrimination and rejection. The act of telling family, friends, and coworkers can be emotional and difficult. You would have to assess if it is “safe” to be yourself with a co-worker.
If you decide to keep your sexual orientation private, you would not able to talk about your partner or bring him or her to company events. You may even have to lie about your family life and perpetually worry about being discovered.
The dominant group, heterosexual men and women who are not allies, like to argue the “cause” of sexual orientation; however, this is rarely a discussion about the origins of being heterosexual. This argument is often centered on homosexuality as a state of being that the individual chooses. While this argument continues to surface, almost no gay, lesbian, or bisexual people have any question about whether they chose their orientation.
At the Unity LGBT Centre we are here to help and support you, also available to support the wider LGBT community (family, partners and friends).
If you are looking for support go to our contact page to see how to get in touch with us.