How Gay Friendly Is Your Employer???

  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Apr 17, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    I have been searching for a full-time job since I've graduated from college, and I am fairly certain that my short-term, 'full-time' career will be in the financial services industry (i.e. 'working for a bank'). I am fairly confident that my experience and education will land me a job with a bank... somewhere.

    While I was in college, I was one of three people selected out of ~80 who applied for a part-time position with a local bank, but I ultimately didn't get the position because I wasn't considered a "long-term asset by HR" even though I was "highly qualified for the position."

    Prior to applying for jobs in the 'banking industry' more recently, I was largely focusing my efforts on the federal government... and I applied for +40 openings in every department with the exception of Justice, Homeland Security, and HHS. Needless to say, I have yet to get any any interview offers.

    It's no state secret that the federal government isn't the most gay friendly employer. I have been searching through the HRC's CEI (Corporate Equality Index), and have noticed that the financial services industry is, for the most part, the most gay friendly industry around according to HRC's CEI.

    If you haven't checked it out yet, you should go and see where you might fall in this index..

    http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace/organization_profile.asp?organization_id=1141&search_id=1&search_type=Quick


    If you know or notice any other decent gay friendly employers/corporations out there please let me know! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 17, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    I work in film. Sometimes it even helps to be gay.
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    very friendly. Gay discrimination is prohibited at work.
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    My boss is a fag hag.
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    I work for Marriott Intl. - an aggressively diverse & tolerant work atmosphere and very gay friendly at every level
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    im a hairstylist, and work in a salon. . . need i say any more lol
  • DarkSensation

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:16 AM GMT


    My Boss is a Closeted Lesbian icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    My boss doesn't know but I'm sure he wouldn't care as long as I do my job. I'm out to two or three co-workers and they're awesome about it. One of them is like an older sister to me.
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    . . . look, tell them up front you are gay . . . if there are fag hags on the interview panel, you win . . . even if there aren't, you win, because you won't then have to work with mouthbreathers . . . and by doing so you establish your own baseline for workplace behaviour by others . . .
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    My boss is gay haha
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    Apr 17, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    My company is very gay friendly. We offer same sex benefits, and have a Diversity and Inclusiveness Counsel.

    As an offshoot of D&I, we also have an LGBT Employee Resource Group.

  • oursirpeace

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    I'm with Starbucks atm, is any guy that works there (especially downtown area) not gay? Very few.
  • mrcpu1

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    2 industries that I have worked in where gays & lesbians have been embraced:

    Entertainment & Health Care.

    My bosses were fantastic and very supportive.
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    Apr 17, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    Everyone knows, no one cares. Same with every job I've ever had. I could not work in any other environment.
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    Apr 17, 2010 8:57 AM GMT
    Bartron saidEveryone knows, no one cares. Same with every job I've ever had. I could not work in any other environment.


    What other environment is there when everyone knows no one cares?
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:31 AM GMT
    We're all gay, the two owners have been partners for about 20 years and the other part time employee is a lesbian. So I guess I got lucky. I work with a guy that worships at the Temple of Cher, a pessimistic anti religious pseudo-intellectual and a dominatrix with half a functioning body due to a stroke who just recently took a class on how to fist. And yet we aren't a cast of some late night TV show.
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:38 AM GMT
    My employer:

    2002 14%*
    2003 14%*
    2004 14%
    2005 14%*
    2006 0%*
    2007 0%*
    2008 0%*
    2009 15%

    * indicates lowest score received among companies that year.
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    Apr 17, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    At my job the fucking one that runs the joint is a lesbian so you figure it out!
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    Apr 17, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    I don't know about my boss himself, but the college I work for is VERY gay friendly. Most of them are.... kinda why I want to continue to work in eductaion.
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    Apr 17, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    Totally gay friendly -- I'm self-employed.
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    Apr 17, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidI don't know about my boss himself, but the college I work for is VERY gay friendly. Most of them are.... kinda why I want to continue to work in eductaion.


    i also work in higher education....

    i'd say a third of the people i work with are gay icon_surprised.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 17, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    Well this is an interesting subject... technically I'm self employed and my employees have all been "gay friendly" or indifferent. We've talked about this subject in prior threads and sexuality isn't something thats discussed in my office
    despite at least 2 assistants that are very aware of whats up.

    But as an investment advisor/ registered representative, I'm licensed through a "broker dealer", that processes business and insures I'm SEC compliant.
    One of our well known and successful principals in the firm is in Arizona and is not only out, but married to his partner. I know that some of the home office folks were invited to his wedding. I found all this out about 4 years ago when talking to one of the home office staff. He told me in sort of a matter of fact way. I actually had dinner with this principal.. never discussed his personal status, but I made sure to "friend" him on FB when I recently got my profile going. At some point I'm sure we will have a very interesting conversation.
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    Apr 17, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    My background is professional services (legal) but I've been interviewing with lots of FS/banking organisations lately.

    I actually had an interview at a major US investment bank where I was "tricked" into coming out (the interviewer asked if I lived with friends - very naughty of him - so I said "my partner" and he asked where I met "her" so I had to correct him - he was totally unphased though - although I missed out to someone with banking experience).

    Aaanyway. You'll find most of the banks have affinity groups and diversity policies, but I'm afraid it all boils down to who is recruiting. Let's not be naive about this; homophobes exist and get away with their views, no matter what the corporate policy.

    from the sounds of it you're "out" in some way when you apply? I'd advise you not to be - it's nobodies business until they're friends/colleagues. Why risk being rejected because of that?

    Then again, would you want to work for someone who might be a homophobe in secret?

    It's a tough one ....
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    Apr 17, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    Everywhere i have been they cared less if someone was gay but at the same time didnt really talk about it .....this is the way i prefer a work environment. No special or negative treatment. Work is work. You are there to be productive and efficient. Sex orientation is a moot point and should be. Period.
  • rnch

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    Apr 17, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    RYAN_SC said...It's no state secret that the federal government isn't the most gay friendly employer...
    sad but true! the largest employer in the world is NOT gay friendly! it's like 1948 at my federal civil service job icon_eek.gif