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"Coming Out: I Went to Work Expecting the Worst Day of My Life"

Posted on the 15 January 2014 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth
From the BBC:
A table of the most gay-friendly employers is being published later by campaign group Stonewall. But what reaction can people in traditionally gay-friendly industries expect from colleagues after they come out as straight?
On paper it was a perfect afternoon. Wales were minutes away from a rare Six Nations win over England.
Watching in a London pub, James Wharton - an 18-year-old fashion magazine sub-editor from Shoreditch - should have been revelling in watching thirty grown men in tight shorts engaging in 80 minutes of gratuitous mud-wrestling with his four friends, who all work in fashion, interior design or advertising.
"I should have pretended to be jubilant," he remembers. "I'm normally quite a loud character with my mates but I was in my box, I was depressed."
One-by-one they asked him what was wrong: "Is it debt? Problems back home?"
Then, as at least one of them already suspected, "Are you straight?"
"I wouldn't have minded so much, but I had to miss the women's beach volleyball finals on the other channel."


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