How "Out" are you at work?

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    Aug 16, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Just curious how many guys talk openly about being gay while at work? I'm fortunate that I work for a progressive company and we openly talk about gay issues. ill be honest in that most of my coworkers didn't know I was gay and I shocked a few within a week of starting that I was openly gay. I'm the only gay guy and we have very direct conversations about any topicicon_smile.gif today I explained what a bear and cubs were..I found it really refreshing as my straight co-workers found it really interesting.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    I'm so out at work that they have Pride Parades in the hangar.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm so out at work that they have Pride Parades in the hangar.
    LOL ditto! We've told clients to take a hike. The have an issue with me working on their airplane.. they can take it elsewhere. Sad part for them is our reputation is second to none.. they have slim pickins!
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    I work in retail and only a few of my closest co-workers know about my sexuality. I feel no reason to go advertise it unless it's brought up during my break/lunch. When I'm not on companies time it's fine to discuss things like this, but discussing my sexual orientation on the clock could end up getting me fired.

    I don't expect straight people to always say "I'M STRAIGHT" all the time so I don't expect to say 'I'M GAY" all the time either. However, if I want to bring up my boyfriend in casual conversation I will as I have just as much right as straight people do to bring up their girlfriends.
  • Just_Tim

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    Aug 16, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    I don't talk a lot to the people I work with. If they know then they're just really good guessers.

    OR they totally misread the "I heart Dick" t-shirt I wear sometimes. Those guys are always jumping to conclusions. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    100%
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    What's cool is couple of people have told me they have more respect for gay people because I don't run around waving a rainbow flag. Yet I openly talk about my new guy, he drops by work and my co-workers will call me and say your boyfriend is here.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    I just started working at a new place today so 0% lol but It's not my place to be talking about my dates or a guy I fancy in a workplace but if they ask me I wont deny it.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    I couldn't hide my gayness even if I wanted to.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    We have a guy at work that is drama central! Today i'd had enough of his crap. and said "if you were gay, you'd be a drama queen" couple guys had to leave the room they were laughing so hard !
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    Just_Tim saidI don't talk a lot to the people I work with. If they know then they're just really good guessers.

    OR they totally misread the "I heart Dick" t-shirt I wear sometimes. Those guys are always jumping to conclusions. icon_neutral.gif

    I want one.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:09 AM GMT
    They know. I'm not one for hearing homophobic remarks (however casual), so a few weeks after starting the job, I made it a point to work stories about my dating life or ex into conversations. The homophobic remarks stopped.

    I think people are much more respectful about having a gay coworker when said coworker's life is made out to be, more or less, like their own. Which is why I tried to present it as such - just a normal guy trying to find dates or sharing relationship experiences. That happen to involve another guy.
  • O5vx

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    Aug 16, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
    My straight coworkers do not feel the need to tell me they are straight, hence it is irrelevant to my job. If it comes up in conversations, then they will know.
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 16, 2012 11:12 AM GMT
    I take my husband with me on photoshoots, and he comes and helps out at the cafe... I think they might have an idea.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    I'm not totally out, but with this small town network, I'm certain my boss and customers know I'm gay, even if some still don't get it.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    100% out

    everyone knows i'm gay. its such a non-issue.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    aerovaulter said
    I think people are much more respectful about having a gay coworker when said coworker's life is made out to be, more or less, like their own. Which is why I tried to present it as such - just a normal guy trying to find dates or sharing relationship experiences. That happen to involve another guy.


    ^^ Agreed. I do this all the time in new situations.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    I'm out to a good number of coworkers, but not everyone. I tell the people I want to tell, and that's it. Everyone else? I don't tell them about other parts of my personal life, so why would I share this? I certainly won't hide it if they ask. My coworkers don't make it a point to tell me they're straight, so I don't see a point in advertising to the world. Being gay is just one part of me.
  • Hammer89

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    Aug 16, 2012 11:46 AM GMT
    Some of my coworkers know. If they don't then they haven't asked me. If someone asks me if I'm gay, I usually just tell them. Not a big deal to me and hasn't been a big deal to anyone who's asked either.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    Our department is quite a rumour-driven place, so when I started studying there I told a few of the more senior students during some random relationship conversations. Within a few weeks most of the people knew. Now that I'm working there I've had discussions with three of the senior staff members concerning it, and even had a meeting with our head of department concerning a gay student of ours who was stalking me.

    I think the biggest part was when people weren't sure it was much more of a thing to talk about. Although people don't think I am gay when meeting me, I don't hide it either way. Me and my buddies talk about it openly in the lab, and nobody so far has ever made a negative comment in regards to it. Some of the staff have even made jokes about some of the 'new girls barking up the wrong tree' icon_lol.gif
  • shred_thegnar

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    Aug 16, 2012 12:01 PM GMT
    Working in the financial industries with one of the major banks thought would have issues but have yet to encounter. Not one to wear it though but asked and replied. They participate openly in pride and have several gay related employee groups. Everyone is respected, though that seems to be common with the major banks and many businesses now a days in canada.
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    My business partners are constantly trying to set me up on dates..
    so i guess my sexuality doesn't bother them at all..!
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    I have a Lady Gaga poster on my wall and a collection of glow sticks and bud light glowing foam toys from parties.

    Anyone who doesn't know I'm gay is either not very bright or just socially awkward. Most people must know because woman I work with always want to ask my input on interior decorating, food serving, and general hair care advice despite the fact I used to shave my head the first 2 years with the company. I guess stereotypes are hard to break.
  • musicdude

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    Aug 16, 2012 12:09 PM GMT
    i think everyone at work knows...i mean, i hope the girls didn't miss understood when we had a conversation about the biggest we've ever been with...
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    Aug 16, 2012 12:11 PM GMT
    musicdude saidi think everyone at work knows...i mean, i hope the girls didn't miss understood when we had a conversation about the biggest we've ever been with...


    LMAO..penis talk in the copy room...priceless!!