Professional industries that gays tend to work

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    Nov 14, 2014 4:42 PM GMT
    What's your experience with types of work that you guys find a fair amount of gays in? Obviously gays work in all industries, but in your work experience have you met a fair amount of other gay people in your office/department/company?

    I tend to make friends through work most of the time, so I'm just curious what other careers lend themselves to not being the token gay in the office.

    Obviously there are plenty of stereotype careers gays are common in:

    Theatre, Fashion, Spa/Salon, Hospitality, Airlines, etc.

    Anyone know of other less stereotypical careers where it seems more common?
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    Nov 14, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    I know quite a few gay guys in the care/nursing field.
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    Nov 14, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    call centres
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    Nov 14, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    It's getting more common in banking and finance (my field) but mainly in the biggest cities. There's still fierce competition in all big corporate structures and often it is more personal than performance issues that determines who rises how fast so there's still a lot of closeting going on. Not so much discrimination, just guys using knives to get a leg up on the other guy. We're still in the minority big time. IT seems different. And IT application jobs like film editing, camera, advertising. Education.
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    Nov 14, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    I got hit on more in construction than I did in publishing.
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    Nov 14, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    My guess would be entertainment industry. When I took a choir class in college, a lot of men in there were openly gay. Also when I went to the college theatre department, a lot of students in there are gay too.
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    Nov 14, 2014 5:14 PM GMT
    follow your dreams if you can.
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    Nov 14, 2014 6:10 PM GMT

    engineering, science nerds....there are not many of us that are openly gay, a lot more are closeted icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 14, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    Retail, food industry, and entertainment are the most common from my experience.

    I haven't met an openly gay investigator yet but they're out there somewhere. However most investigators have no qualms playing a little gay if it'll help them get some dirt lol
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    Nov 14, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    I delivered flowers for a floral shop one summer and most of the guys working there were openly gay and more surprisingly a lot of the funeral directors I delivered to were gay (at least according to the floral designers).
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    Nov 14, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    mathematicians
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    Nov 14, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    As someone who lives in San Francisco, it seems that there are gay men everywhere - in every trade and profession. None more so than any other.
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    Nov 14, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    PR, events management, facilities management...
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    Nov 14, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
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    Nov 14, 2014 11:01 PM GMT
    I'm a doctor and my guy is an engineer.

    I've met a lot more gay nurses than gay doctors. And even among gay doctors there aren't many surgeons.

    But that's my anecdotal experience.
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    Nov 16, 2014 5:42 AM GMT
    Also fashion designers and makeup artists.
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    Nov 16, 2014 12:13 PM GMT
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    Nov 16, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
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    Nov 16, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
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    Nov 18, 2014 12:33 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidIt's getting more common in banking and finance (my field) but mainly in the biggest cities. There's still fierce competition in all big corporate structures and often it is more personal than performance issues that determines who rises how fast so there's still a lot of closeting going on. Not so much discrimination, just guys using knives to get a leg up on the other guy. We're still in the minority big time. IT seems different. And IT application jobs like film editing, camera, advertising. Education.


    The cutthroat scenario you described is one of the reasons why I left the investment banking world and got into healthcare. The industry was turning me into something I wasn't and there was no satisfaction. The decision to get into healthcare was the best decision I made.

    But the funny thing is a couple of guys on here mentioned nursing. Of all the 50+ male nurses whom I've worked with, only 2 of them are gay. The rest are married to women and have kids.
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    Nov 18, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
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    willular saidMilitary icon_smile.gif


    Is that to prove, to themselves their friends and their family, that they are hetero and masculine??? How do I ask this without being insulting? I thank you for your service to our country! I can sense that gays might go into the military because they're in denial.

    I knew some guys like this, in high school, and I lived in an ultra far right LDS mormon suburb and mormon school district, where all the schools were named after prominent mormon cities and landmarks in Utah.

    The suburb was the reddish suburb closest to a big liberal port city, so there were no openly gay guys in my high school. But they knew I was. For the heterosexuals, the pressure on them was to either perform academically in the IB program, excel at track and field, work in journalism, become eagle scouts, or, to join the military. I was not mormon so didn't identify with these goals and had my own jobs not related to school....

    Interesting that my former suburb is now a mormon Mecca for lds families, who remodel the tract homes into. 5 bedroom mansions. The lds are very industrious.


    Most of the gay men I have met in the military do not fit your description. and with Don't Ask Don't Tell not even a thing anymore, it's really opened the doors for those who wish to serve their country without having to hide themselves.

    The military is (to some extent) just like any other business out there. not everyone who is in the Military is some army grunt who plays in the mud and shoots bad guys. there's a lot of guys (and gals) who are in fact the complete and polar opposite of this.
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    From browsing this site..
    - DJ
    - Personal trainer

    Seems to be the top gay professions.
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    Nov 19, 2014 12:55 PM GMT
    Here, mostly the ones in hamams and male dancers(zennes). Becasue hamams were the places where gays used to meet in The Ottoman Empire. Nowadays, gays can be found anywhere, but difficult because they are sadly mostly closed ones(like my partner). But i see many fashionist gays on TV who are obviously feminen.
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    Nov 19, 2014 1:11 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL said

    What is Cheney's position on gays serving.....his wife and daughter are both mormon, and his daughter is also gay.


    If i remembered correctly, he was actually for repealing DADT. but i'm not entirely sure.