What's your profession?

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    May 22, 2008 3:03 AM GMT
    I know there are quite a few professionals on this site and was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experience in their profession. Also, has your sexuality been an issue at all with regard to your chosen profession? Are you able to be honest about who you are at work?
  • art_smass

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    May 22, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    Honest about myself at work? No. I write for fashion magazines from home while sitting in my underpants. If they only knew.
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    May 22, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    Real Estate Marketing Manager, I think its kind of a given that you have a little flair to work in the industry. Sometimes outside clients aren't as a comfortable, but they warm up quickly...

    so its really a non-issue at this point.
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    May 22, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    I was an architect. I was also a Stock Broker. My personal life had nothing to do with my work. So it never had a effect on it..
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    May 22, 2008 5:30 AM GMT
    I'm a GIS guru for the Environmental Section of the Ohio Department of Transportation.....
    When I interviewed, 8 years ago, for my current job at ODOT, I made sure they knew I was gay and that if it was a problem for them I would move along, because I would not "hide" and I would not "change"....I was this "in your face" because I had been fired from a job 6 months earlier for being gay. They were an engineering firm in Dayton, OH....Their name starts with a "W"....
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    May 22, 2008 5:52 AM GMT
    As a freelance Television Cameraman/DP, I have had many and varied experiences over the years with bigoted, prejudiced clients and colleagues AND some really wonderful people who accept my sexuality simple as part of who I am.
    Yes I have lost a few jobs when the decision makers found out I am Gay but all in all I would say it has been an OK experience.
    Some of the celebrities I have worked with that are gay have helped to make it better for all of us.
  • inuman

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    May 22, 2008 5:56 AM GMT
    AJC_TB saidI know there are quite a few professionals on this site and was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experience in their profession. Also, has your sexuality been an issue at all with regard to your chosen profession? Are you able to be honest about who you are at work?



    I am a line producer/independent producer in film and television. I'm also a full time student. Me being gay never had a bearing on why I chose this profession, I wanted to get into this field. I am honest about my sexuality work if asked.
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    May 22, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    Im a ranger, I chose worrior as my second profestion but it sucks...Oh wait real life...k...I do nothing.
  • SFTraveler

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    May 22, 2008 8:21 AM GMT
    I'm an editor of publications and being out has never been a problem for me.
    My supervisor and co-workers know, even the head of our agency. And they've all met my partner and love him to death!
    Of course, I work in San Francisco where gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are common in the workplace. It's the way life should be everywhere!
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  • metalxracr

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    May 22, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    I'm a sound engineer for recording studios in la and sometimes do post production for film and television.

    I am also working for a talent agency for actors in beverly hills. I'm not out at work as sexuality is not much of a topic at work. Everyone is always running around like mad and everything we talk about is about what's going on at that instant.

    I don't think my being gay will effect my job though. I know one of my managers is gay though.
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    May 22, 2008 10:30 AM GMT
    Pastry Chef here,
    My being gay really doesn't affect me at work mainly because my boss (the owner) trained under a gay pastry chef for several years before opening the shop where I work.
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    May 22, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    I am a senior account executive at a global PR firm. I work, primarily in the enterprise software group and with consumer technology. My sexuality has always been a part of the package. In my down time I try to find work as a house DJ.
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    May 22, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    Jet setting assassin. icon_twisted.gif
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    May 22, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I artificially inseminate marine mammals for a living. Dolphins are pretty gay anyway, what with their near-hairless bodies and cliquish behavior, so the only discrimination I've experienced is due to my non-Cetacean upbringing.
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    May 22, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    I'm the accounting manager for my family's construction company. Its never been an issue with my personal life. Though you'd be amazed how often "I work in accounting for a construction company" becomes "I'm a construction worker" when said over thumping house music.

    Its not really a problem though... I take 26mileman's approach. If they stop talking b/c they think I'm a construction worker, they probably aren't worth the time anyway.
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    May 22, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    Landscape design.....create gardens in Manhattan on penthouse terraces, roof gardens courtyards etc. It's busy season and at the end of the day, me and my guys smell very funky and a shower is in order.

    Otherwise, as freinds have told me, what I do best is drive men crazy.
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    May 22, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    I do TV programming/satellite cordinating for a local affiliate here and I'm out to most.



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    May 22, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I manage the billing department for the water company of the Florida Keys. I work around women all day so it's never been an issue. I take Brian Kenny's stance on being out at work, "If I'm not fucking you, it's not an issue."
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    May 22, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    I monitor RJ forum activity.
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    May 22, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    I post LOLcats for a living.

    Humorous Pictures ... and give Shawn something to monitor.
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    May 22, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    So where's your LOLCat for this thread Caslon? Do you have a favorite one?
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    May 22, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    I'm a Personal Support Worker, at the place I work at i'm a Care Manager. I work on the dementia/Alzheimer's floor.

    I'm also going to school to get my nursing come the winter. I had no idea what I wanted to do growing up. I've finally found something I really enjoy doing. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm out at work. I've had no problems at all. One lady suggested I should date a girl when i complained about this guy i was seeing but I told her how it was and its been good times. icon_biggrin.gif I don't flaunt anything it's just known by many staff i've had boyfriends. and that pretty much gives you a clear picture as to my sexual orientation.
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    May 22, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    I work for international marketing division of a publishing company. My sexuality has never been an issue at any job that I've had.
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    May 22, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    caslon saidI post LOLcats for a living.

    Humorous Pictures ... and give Shawn something to monitor.




    God I soo want to say something so bad... maybe its best to say nothing, except have a great day


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    May 22, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    I manage special grant projects for a large non-profit and have worked in the field for many years. My sexuality hasn't been an issue for the most part, except for when I was the director of a non-profit. Those were the most stressful six years of my life and I started having anxiety attacks the last couple of years. I have been very open about my sexuality since I was in college and I felt like I was being pushed back into the closet.

    I love my current job (five years now). One boss is gay and the other was married to a gay man. The organization is very supportive and my insurance would cover a partner if I lived with one. My co-workers have also been supportive on a personal level, especially when I went through a difficult breakup. A couple have acted like they were my mom when I started dating my boyfriend - they wanted to know everything about him and make sure he was treating me well. It's great having that kind of support after my previous job.