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Out and proud lawyers

Beyond the obvious, there are also crystal clear business reasons why law firms should ensure they offer safe environments for their LGBT staff to come out, or be out, in, explains Jonathan Wheeler

14 June 2017

It was the first day in my first proper job as an articled clerk (archaic English for ‘trainee solicitor’) at a large law firm in Liverpool. That evening we were treated to a bonding night on the town by some of our older colleagues. Imagine my mortification as a young, gay man when I learned that on the agenda for part of the evening’s entertainment was a visit to a local gay bar ‘to take a look at the queers’.

I remember being told to ‘keep my back against the wall’ as we entered, with apparent jocularity and misplaced bonhomie. Having struggled to overcome my own prejudices, and successfully ‘out’ myself to friends and relatives a year or so earlier, I ran straight back into the closet, and shut the door as far as work was concerned. It was nine months later that I finally felt able to be honest with my colleagues about my sexuality and that to me was an im...

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