Coming out in the workplace

Coming out of the closet cartoon imageBY BRIANNE L. CROTEAU
Tagg Magazine

No matter how many times I do it, there is always that silent moment after I first mention my partner to a colleague; that millisecond where I’m holding my breath and bracing for their reaction to my “outing”. These people have known me in one way but now I am revealing an entirely new dimension of myself, one that may change the way they view, relate and interact with me. Will they be surprised to learn that I’m a lesbian or have they already made their own assumptions based on the way I dress or act? Will it negatively affect our working relationship? Will sharing my personal life bring us closer and foster a better understanding of each other? Will it affect my chances for advancement?

In today’s age of online networking and social media, we are constantly packaging, marketing and promoting ourselves to the world. The ability to choose how we present ourselves, both personally and professionally, is more important than ever. For lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people, a big part is if, how and when to disclose our sexuality.


Tagg Magazine is a print and online resource for LBT women in the DC Metropolitan and Rehoboth, DE areas.

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