A huge thank you to the participants that agreed to share their stories with us at the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. This video, an introduction to the Get Your Story Out project, illustrates that we all have important stories to share, and that the telling of one’s personal story is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate, make personal connections, and create change.
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.
Bill Kirst is a change management consultant for IBM and an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He came out on September 21, 2011, the first day Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. In this video he talks about IBM’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) and diversity training, and his experience at the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Dallas.
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.
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.