Submit a video for the “Get Your Story Out” site and you’ll be entered to win registration for one at the 2012 Workplace Summit (valued at $1150).
At Out & Equal, we know that the telling of one’s personal story is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate, make personal connections, and create change. And, we know that coming out, and being out, as LGBT in the workplace can be daunting, and that everyone has a different experience.
We invite you to submit a video to the Get Your Story Out project—and just by doing so, you will be entered to win registration for one for the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit (This year’s Workplace Summit takes place in Baltimore, Oct 29-Nov 1). All video submissions will be entered into a pool, and a winner will be chosen randomly.
Twenty years ago I began working in a rural town at Catholic Community Services (1989). I was recently out to my parents and in a committed relationship. I was hired to develop a volunteer HIV/AIDS based volunteer program. I made sure that I would be accepted as a lesbian. There weren’t any issues since this was important to the program and a part of their social justice work. I felt very connected and accepted by the staff as I tried to be open and relied on my rural upbringing to bind us in commonality.
The struggle came when my partner and I decided to have a child together. After I became pregnant, a lovely woman who I was close to approached me and said that she didn’t approve of my choice.