A recent Harris poll of 2,868 U.S. adults, of whom 350 self-identified as LGBT, revealed that 44 percent of LGBT respondents felt closeted at work and unable to talk freely about their partners or bring partners to corporate functions. An additional 34 percent said their partners are not considered for social functions. The poll was done in conjunction with Out & Equal and Witeck-Combs Communications.
No. 5: Is this the best time? Timing is everything. Remember, the company also needs to be prepared. If it is a busy time of year or there was has been a major shift in management, consider letting things settle before coming out.
How many heterosexuals do you think have to consider the company’s status before talking about that vacation they took with their loved one, or mentioning the fact that they’re married or went on a date last weekend when asked? Even the steps they provide don’t assure that you’ll get treated fairly or evenly as evidenced by another article: 7 Things NEVER to Say to LGBT Coworkers.
No. 5: “We are not close enough for you to share that information with me.”