The mid twentieth-century invention of the so-termed “closet” marked a seminal—and for some debilitating—turn in LGBTQ social history with profound implications for the workplace. As Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the renowned gender studies scholar, famously adduced, the invention of such a problematic hetero/homosexual binary in popular culture significantly impacted cross-generational differences between Silent, Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennial LGBTQ constituents who struggled with the prospect of being “out” at work. This closing conversation serves, on one hand, as a call to action for LGBTQ constituents and LGBTQ workplace affinity group leaders to help promote a sense of communal inclusion with friends, allies and colleagues; and, on the other, as an interactive exercise in overcoming numerous prejudices often overlooked between generations.
Kimberly Stein, Manager, Knowledge Management, Thomson Reuters Legal
Elise Colomer, Assistant Director of Institutional Partnerships, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Andrew Jakubowski, Associate & Global Advisor of LGBT+ Employee Resource Group, Oliver Wyman
Edward H. Sadtler, Partner & Co-Chair, Firmwide LGBT Subcommittee, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Seth Stuhl, Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Disney Theatrical Productions
Fauzia Zaman-Malik, Managing Director, Legal, Accenture PLC