In recognition of Pride Month, a time to reflect upon the civil rights history and contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, we will be sharing personal reflections and stories of progress from individuals, both LGBT and straight allies, as they examine what it means to bring their full self to work.
Alan Houmann, Head of Government Affairs, EMEA – London, UK
When I talk about my partner, I bring my full self to work.
Bringing my home life into the office, even in small, casual conversational ways, used to be stressful. Standard stuff, like chatting in the Monday morning coffee queue – "How was your weekend? What did you and your ...er, other half do?" – could feel intrusive even if you were out, and intimidating if you weren't. Years ago, I assumed that my personal decision to say “he” (not the more neutral "my partner" or "they") would be enough to change the entire dynamic of a conversation. But not once in my eight years at Citi have any of my colleagues paused, blinked, or looked startled.