The biggest hurdle in coming out at work is determining if you are ready to come out. Nobody can really know this but you, and it is a big decision.
When looking for information on coming out at work, I came across a great article: Coming Out at Work by Russell Kaltschmidt, Editor of gay.com. Coming out is always risky, but you may be able to minimize the risks by following a well thought-out plan.
Kaltschmidt’s advice is to:
- Assess your readiness
- Perform at your best
- Gather supporters
- Choose a strategy
- Conduct a trial run
- Consider the timing
Here are some other links that may be helpful:
- A guide to Coming Out in the Workplace (Transgender)
- Transgender at Work
- HRC Foundation Working for LGBT Equal Right
- Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work 2008 – A list of companies and corporations that have protections for their GLBT workforce
- Things to Consider Before Coming Out at Work
- Career Resources for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students & Alumni from the University of Pennsylvania Career Services
- Coming Out in the Workplace as Transgender
- Five Professional Ways to Come Out In Your Workplace
- ProGayJobs – online source for finding employment with companies that embrace diversity inclusive of the Gay and Lesbian Community
- Coming Out at Work: Things to Consider Before Coming Out at Work
- About Coming Out as a Straight Supporter
- Coming Out Guides
Photo by Guillaume Paumier.