About a few weeks ago, when I told an old school friend that we were considering a story on gays like him at the workplace, to put on the cover of our magazine, he was quick to dissuade me. “I’d urge you not to do that. This is a topic that is still taboo at a majority of workplaces,” he said. He was absolutely right. Even today, most folks like him prefer not to come out of the closet for the fear of ridicule and even worse, discrimination.
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Sounds interesting. Hope it helps people to be confident about themselves and be accepted. Being in the creative (read design) industry, where its a stereo type that "ALL DESIGNERS" are gay......its a task as they are joked upon or laughed at mostly behind their backs. I guess acceptance level or rather AWARENESS is lacking to respect another individual for who he/she is. Thus...being out and about becomes difficult in the workplace.on Jun 19, 2011
As a gay man, having held senior positions for the past couple of years in multinationals, I agree with the statement that almost all Indian companies are "are still reluctant to grasp the nettle". I have tried to come out in more than one of the companies I worked for with bad results. India Inc. is still very far away from accepting gays and lesbians as respectable human beings. However, in BPOs, the younger, entry-level crowd accept our presence.on Jun 18, 2011
Kudos! This is a great step Forbes. The gay business community is going to be very proud!on Jun 17, 2011