How can I be a good straight ally at work?
April 7, 2012 7:19 AM Subscribe
How can I show my support for a new co-worker in my company's homophobic environment?
posted by abirdinthehand to Work & Money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There are several people at my work that I know are homophobic, many are directors and managers. My new co-worker knows that I am not, but I worry that he will miss professional opportunities because of people's prejudice. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I am concerned about it.
Here it seems like people are treating him well, but in the past these same people have made disturbing homophobic comments in my presence- knowing that I am straight, of course.
I've been struggling to parse dealing daily with people whose views I find offensive so it may be my own emotional reaction to want to DO something and I don't want to overstep my bounds, I mean he's a grown man after all.
Is there a way that I can reach out and further support this person without seeming paternalistic? I mean I'm sure he's aware that people are homophobic here to some degree- it's common in this region.