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Archive for January, 2009

Lessons Learned in the Check-Out Counter

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

I waited in line at the grocery store for my favorite checkout person. She’s Middle Eastern, I believe, and always has the nicest smile and the cheeriest disposition of any other checker. Those are among my major criteria in picking friends and people with whom I want to spend time—smiles and cheery dispositions.

"You’re very popular," I said as I finally got to unload my cart. Read more…

Does the Invisible Man Cast a Shadow?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Does the Invisible Man cast a shadow?

Yes, and that’s how people know him. They can see that he’s there but their only memory of him will be that he was dark and without substance.

Gay people who hide their true identity cast a shadow too, and that’s how their family, friends, and colleagues know and will remember them—as somewhat dark, and without much substance. Read more…

Wanting to Help, But Not Helpful

Friday, January 16th, 2009

A chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG) in Australia, with money provided by the Queensland government, published and distributed a brochure entitled Homophobia in the Workplace, which though well-intentioned was not helpful. It states the reasons why it is a disadvantage to be gay in the workplace: Read more…

Questions for the New Year

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Thank you for your faithful reading of this offering each week. Your interest is a gift to me.

Unlike the other blog on same-sex relationships that I also write, I sometimes run out of new things to comment on regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workplace issues. Usually, I share accounts of what work I’m doing, interesting people I’ve met, or insights I’ve had about the workplace. But with the economy being what it is, and diversity training sidelined by many companies for the time being, I’m traveling less.

My plan for 2009 is to use this space for questions from readers on workplace issues and responses from me and other readers. If I have an interesting insights or experiences, I’ll share them with you without needing a question, but otherwise, I’ll be waiting to hear from you. Read more…