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Archive for January, 2008

Success in Singapore

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The cab driver who took us to the Singapore National Museum Monday morning had once spent several years with the country’s secret service. He had also been a paratrooper, body guard, and private detective. He was a gracious man but Ray and I got the impression that he didn’t suffer fools gladly. Read more…


Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Arriving in Singapore’s extraordinarily modern new airport terminal on elegant and indulgent Singapore Airlines, being met at the gate by a smiling airport employee with a "Brian McNaught" sign and an electric cart, being whisked through customs and getting our bags within five minutes, being greeted at the curb by a hotel driver and cruising down a tree-fern-and-flower-lined boulevard manicured to perfection, and having our room in the Marina Mandarin Hotel overlook the harbor lulled us into a pampered stupor that blocked the reality that we were now in a City State that bans gay male sex. Read more…

Appreciating Progress

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

It was very important to me to thank my heterosexual host at Blanket Bay lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand, for the pioneering work that as the former President and COO of Levi Strauss he did in advancing the equality of gay people in the workplace. Tom Tusher, now retired and enjoying his active life with his wife Pauline, was very gracious in his response. "It wasn’t just me. It was the whole company. We had a very diverse work force and we knew that it was the right thing to do." Read more…

How Do You Help a Closeted Gay Person Come Out?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Let’s acknowledge that there are some people who, no matter how safe and supportive the environment, will not share with others at work the details of their heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual lives. When their colleagues are discussing holiday plans, weekend activities or even birthdays and anniversaries, they keep personal information to themselves. They have no pictures of loved ones in their work areas, and they come to corporate social functions alone or don’t come at all. The company respects their right to privacy. Some cultures even encourage such behavior. These coworkers should be allowed to be left alone. Read more…