How Gay-Friendly Is Your Workplace?

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    Aug 13, 2014 4:55 AM GMT
    I work for a public agency in LA. I have a coworker in another department who's openly gay and married (right when California allowed gay marriage for the 1st time, he jumped on it right away).

    Just today, I found out that his husband just started work at our agency yesterday. We have many married couples at work but this is the 1st gay couple ever in our agency.

    The person who interviewed his husband knows that they are a couple and still offered him the job. Now they work together in the same department. This made me realize my workplace is actually quite gay-friendly. icon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 7:12 AM GMT
    My supervisor thinks being gay is a mental defect. I don't think I need to go on lol.
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Aug 13, 2014 7:16 AM GMT
    110% Gay Friendly lol
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    Aug 13, 2014 7:20 AM GMT
    Pretty gay friendly :^]
    My manager, coach, the Gym owner and most of my co-workers know me and another co-worker are gay and have no problem with it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 7:21 AM GMT
    polfsky saidI work for a public agency in LA. I have a coworker in another department who's openly gay and married (right when California allowed gay marriage for the 1st time, he jumped on it right away).

    Just today, I found out that his husband just started work at our agency yesterday. We have many married couples at work but this is the 1st gay couple ever in our agency.

    The person who interviewed his husband knows that they are a couple and still offered him the job. Now they work together in the same department. This made me realize my workplace is actually quite gay-friendly. icon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif

    Gay or straight.. Married AND working at the same place? In the same department? That's going to be a real test of marriage. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 6:13 PM GMT
    Well, my employer doesn't offer spousal or domestic partner benefits to same sex couples.

    But on a day to day basis my sexuality has zip, zero, zilch to do with my job so it isn't discussed or considered a benefit or hindrance. However, most of my coworkers know that I am gay.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Aug 13, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    Everyone I work with Are basically in my inner circle and we get along just fine, even the guys. Im always the first one to be asked out by them for guys night out etc. The girls dont treat me like "The guy best friend" and the guys dont treat me like it's contagious.

    Im really blessed I geuss icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    I'm the owner and I'm gay, so it's pretty damn friendly. Although I live in a very gay friendly town so I've never heard of anyone having problems like that here.
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    Aug 13, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    Anything goes in the detective business. So yes, gay friendly
  • Apparition

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    Aug 13, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
    12 people. Im out and nobody cares to my face, one closet case that is my spy.
  • WorkItOut

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    Aug 13, 2014 10:28 PM GMT
    I worked in the video game industry for over 12 years in multiple studios. I was always loved and my work was always A+++ until I would come out after some time and then my career would go to hell. The game industry is a boy's club and not for gays. So, I walked away from doing what I love because of the homophobic challenges.
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    Aug 13, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    Gay or straight.. Married AND working at the same place? In the same department? That's going to be a real test of marriage. icon_lol.gif


    Yep, same department. However, they have been together for a long, long time but officially married probably for 2-3 years. They seem like a very loving couple.

    They're both in their mid 50s now, and my coworker is retiring in 8 months (in our organization you can retire and get full benefits at 55). So I think they'll be alright. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 14, 2014 1:11 AM GMT
    I'm protected under law from sexual harassment and/or discrimination, like many, and the turn over of employees is large with many younger employees (mostly 30-40's)so, despite coming from all over the country, they're pretty gay friendly but even at that, I don't publicize my sexuality as it doesn't have anything to do with my professional skills.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    On the surface management is friendly but often enough i have seen them say one thing and do another.

    Colorado has LGBT employment laws but its also a Right to Work state. In the end they can and do let you go if they want to
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    I work for a big German Global company. My bosses threw us a wedding party after we got married last year. Hubby has been on my health plan since 2003, when we were 'only' domestic partners in CA.

    I know how lucky I am.
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    Aug 14, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    polfsky saidI work for a public agency in LA. I have a coworker in another department who's openly gay and married (right when California allowed gay marriage for the 1st time, he jumped on it right away).

    Just today, I found out that his husband just started work at our agency yesterday. We have many married couples at work but this is the 1st gay couple ever in our agency.

    The person who interviewed his husband knows that they are a couple and still offered him the job. Now they work together in the same department. This made me realize my workplace is actually quite gay-friendly. icon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm surprised that was allowed, not because they are a same-gender couple, but because they will now likely be rated in competition with one another. We have a rule about close relationships in the workplace ... maybe it is less of a big deal if one doesn't have any say over how the other gets rated/paid. We had a situation where the husband in a couple was the supervisor in the next department over from where his wife was a first-line employee. Not an issue until the managers had to work together on how all the ratings/salary dollars for the region got shared among the groups.
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    Aug 14, 2014 4:03 AM GMT

    Its been my experience that top level management especially in corporate world and your fellow co-workers, support LGBT workplace equality, its the middle, lower management that you have to watch out for icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 14, 2014 4:09 AM GMT
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    I'm surprised that was allowed, not because they are a same-gender couple, but because they will now likely be rated in competition with one another. We have a rule about close relationships in the workplace ... maybe it is less of a big deal if one doesn't have any say over how the other gets rated/paid. We had a situation where the husband in a couple was the supervisor in the next department over from where his wife was a first-line employee. Not an issue until the managers had to work together on how all the ratings/salary dollars for the region got shared among the groups.


    It's allowed as long as one is not a supervisor of another and there's no conflict of interest. I don't know the whole details of their duties and responsibilities but I'm sure they're covered.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Aug 14, 2014 6:07 AM GMT
    I work in a Hospital in Canada. It is legislated that they must be inclusive. They hand out Pride ribbons during our week, but they mean it! My coworkers love me for being gay more than my gay friends do. Move to Canada. Taxes are lower and health-care is free.
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    Aug 14, 2014 6:09 AM GMT
    Lets start with... My country is NOT gay friendly..
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    Aug 14, 2014 6:11 AM GMT
    Monroe77 saidI worked in the video game industry for over 12 years in multiple studios. I was always loved and my work was always A+++ until I would come out after some time and then my career would go to hell. The game industry is a boy's club and not for gays. So, I walked away from doing what I love because of the homophobic challenges.


    Im sorry dude, its wrong nerds marginate gays... its like being hippocrite.
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    Aug 14, 2014 8:58 AM GMT
    in germany all work placecs are gayfrindly
    we have here a law
    nobody can be discriminated

    i am a full open gay and all people know this in my office
    i have no problems here
    all is fine

    also ther people knows im gay
    i dont make any secrets about this

    when me ask a people if i gay i say YES
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    Aug 14, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    polfsky said
    ShiftyJK08 said
    I'm surprised that was allowed, not because they are a same-gender couple, but because they will now likely be rated in competition with one another. We have a rule about close relationships in the workplace ... maybe it is less of a big deal if one doesn't have any say over how the other gets rated/paid. We had a situation where the husband in a couple was the supervisor in the next department over from where his wife was a first-line employee. Not an issue until the managers had to work together on how all the ratings/salary dollars for the region got shared among the groups.


    It's allowed as long as one is not a supervisor of another and there's no conflict of interest. I don't know the whole details of their duties and responsibilities but I'm sure they're covered.


    Makes sense. If they can't influence how the other is treated I guess it isn't an issue. That's a LOT of together time.

    For my own answer my employer was one of the first in the Fortune 500 to have workplace anti-discrimination rules for gay and lesbian people, and when merged, it was with a company that also included trans protection which was a real novelty at the time (esp. given their Texas headquarters).

    I have been out to my supervisors and the co-workers that were worth getting to know for most of my 20+ years there. It has only rarely been an issue. There was one born-again dude who made it known that he had a problem, and I happily agreed that it was HIS problem. He freaked out and quit when we started letting same-gender partners on our insurance. His wife was stay-at-home and they had at least five kids, so I guess he had very strong principles. Maybe he works at Hobby Lobby now.
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    Aug 14, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    super
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    Aug 14, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
    Everybody knows about me where I work and that's fine... I never had any issues with anybody at all icon_smile.gif