I have always been out at work and rightfully received a warm or (even better) an indifferent response from my colleagues. Being out about my sexuality, partner, and so on has never been an issue. It is difficult to unpick whether that is a result of my own attitude, the attitudes of others, the nature of my workplace or a mixture of them all. It is clear though that, for many others, being out at work is not as easy. I believe it is the duty of those who can stand up for themselves and others, and those who can testify to the positive experiences they have had in their own workplace, should do so. That is why I joined the Stonewall Role Models programme.
I am a trained mentor and would be happy to mentor LGBT+ members of staff within the University, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.