“People at work are like my family. It helps to know that I’m accepted for who I am by people at work.” – Cheryl, MassMutual.
“The true value in being authentic at work is having a better workforce.” – Mark, MassMutual
Hear Cheryl, Mark and other MassMutual LGBT employees tell their stories about being out, and supported, at work.
“My pictures in my cubicle reflect my family.” A big thank you to Dawn and MassMutual for submitting this video about the importance of being able to be out at work.
Thank you to Bernadette and MassMutual for submitting this video about the importance of a supportive family and being able to be fully out.
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.
Torrance Hucks works at Fannie Mae, and in this video discusses the importance of telling your story, and being out in the workplace. He also talks about Fannie Mae’s diversity training, and being able to work at a place where you can be yourself and feel confident about coming out.
Dayle Roberts shares her experience of coming out at Northrop Grumman, where she has worked for 32 years. She discusses being part of PFLAG, her company’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), and the changing attitudes about coming out at work.
Chris Jones shares his story about coming out, and being out, at work. Chris lives and works in a small town, and discusses the challenges he has faced and the support he has received at his workplace.
Keri Kidder shares her experience of coming out at Citi. She discusses their Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG), and the importance of having executive allies.
I have worked at for Kawneer/Alcoa since 2001; celebrating ten years last June. I have seen a major change in the culture at Kawneer, and Kawneer has seen a major change in me. I have not changed who I am, but I have changed how I am perceived. When I first started here, society saw me as a lesbian woman and my co-workers saw me as a single mother of one. I am a transsexual male who has transitioned in the workplace.
This video series was introduced at the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Dallas, Texas, sharing the important message about being out at work, and how Out & Equal has been a resource and a source of support along the way.