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Being out at work is liberating. It also means you can fly the flag for equality and ensure the rights of other LGBTQ+ staff are respected.
Having come from the sporting world, where it is often perceived to be highly homophobic, role models are essential to show others that sport is most often a safe and welcoming space for sexually diverse persons.
Listening and learning from different voices and experiences is central to making the University an inclusive and welcoming place where diversity is truly valued, where everyone can be part of making this a reality and feel the benefits.
I came to terms with being gay whilst at university, so after years of hiding this part of my identity from myself and others I feel it’s important to present my true self in the workplace.
The University isn’t just a job for me, it’s been a huge part of my life and I continue to enjoy every day here.
My experience of being out at Brookes has been a really positive one - people are sometimes surprised to find a married queer priest in the Multifaith Chaplaincy office but it’s a good conversation-starter.
One of the main reasons this role is important to me is that I can bring my own experiences of having a non-normative gender and sexual identity into who I am at work and the decsions I help make across the University.
Brookes has always been an affirmative community; three colleagues in particular supported me through ‘coming out’, they were wonderful. I’ve tried to be there similarly for others.
I find Brookes to be a highly inclusive and welcoming workplace where it is certainly possible for me to be open about my identity and experiences.
I feel a responsibility to be visible to everyone and play an active role in ensuring the future landscape is an inclusive one, where respect drives behaviour and shapes culture.
Do not be afraid to be yourself, Brookes is an open and supportive environment and there are many groups and networks for you to join to help your move to Oxford.