I work for a Fortune 50 company. The recently rolled out a social collaboration platform to the entire company. It is accessible to all employees across the country. It's kind of like Facebook at work. I people are able to to create communities on most any topic they wish. As of this afternoon there were just over 1600 communities and 3 of the were about gays. The system will let you view a community without joining. Joining is only required to comment.
Once of them was kind of sleazy sounding. Better to not get involved in there.
Another was called "Gays and Lesbians Unite" This was a better one. It was created by folks at our field locations. There was one discussion topic by someone who felt she was not treated fairly because she if gay. Other employees comments that they felt welcome and accepted, even indicating that co-workers knew their partners. It was nice that others were supporting fellow employees.
There was a third group that was created by someone at the headquarters office where I work. It said it was for "Gays, lesbians and their allies." I thought that sounded nice. There were about 50 members, but there was no activity.
I joined that community. At big step for me that will eventually lead to me being out at work.
But that was not the end. I went further and posted something. A link to an article in a Human Resources magazine about building a positive LGBT environment in the workplace.
So not only have a joined a gay online community at work, but I am one of the first to post something. Will people think I am gay or maybe just wonder? Either way is OK with me.
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