Empowering Your Employees to Be Their Full Selves: How you can support your diverse workforce by creating ERGs – By Melinda Conant

As part of our celebration of PRIDE month, OpenSesame is bringing you voices from our LGBTQIA+ colleagues to champion diversity and share resources that support the greater LGBTQIA+ community.

As a Queer professional, I’ve most often led a double life. My weekdays were spent as a straight (seeming) person fitting into the hetero norms of my workplace, while my spare time was spent with my tribe at drag shows, queer networking events, film festivals, and dinner parties with my mostly queer friends. I clocked in at work straight and clocked out gay. I knew a lot of queers in every company I’ve been in, but honestly, it just felt safer to hide in the shadows of bi-erasure and go about my business. What I didn’t realize however, was that showing up at work without my full self was a missed opportunity on so many levels. 

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