Anonymous User wrote:somethingdemure wrote:sparty99 wrote:No. No one cares that you are gay or will hire you because you are gay. Unless you are applying for the Legal Aid HIV Awareness attorney job or something. There is no gay diversity point. It is a lie. Unless the hiring manager is also gay and thinks you are attractive, then there might be a boost. Otherwise, there's reallly no boost. You might try lavender law next year. To network.
However, you should still come out of the closet. But not for the reasons why you state. It is 2013. There is no need to be in the closet in this day and age. Once you come out of the closet, which is really easy to do, you will be more confident. You won't have to hide who you are to your friends and family. You need to live your life for yourself. You are an adult. Once you come out of the closet you will feel more open to meeting other gays and you won't make redicilous comments about not relating to the "gay lifestyle," when you are factually speaking, gay.
This post is crazy ignorant. Of all the things straight people say about being gay, talking about how freeing, confidence-building, and EASY it is to come out is just the worst. Honestly, if you had to come out yourself and had an ounce of self-awareness, you'd recognize that coming out is an intensely personal, life-changing event that could never accurately be described as EASY.
As for OP, there are way better reasons to come out than your career. I'm happy being out at work, but I'm in one of the super liberal major markets; being homophobic in professional settings is gauche, so the homophobes generally keep their mouths shut. It's true that some firms will want to add gay lawyers to beef up the numbers they report, but it's also true that antigay discrimination is real, and not illegal in most states. And honestly, it's not hard at all to find white male gay lawyers; if anything we're vastly overrepresented in biglaw. So I think at best coming out is a wash with respect to your career, and your personal life, family situation, and future plans should determine when and how you come out.
That's probably true, but an employment boost would be a big motivator for most people especially if they kinda wanted to anyway. It's hard to relate because a sexual preference seems like such a small thing to someone's identity, but carries such a stigma. Any kind of net positive to employment would be somewhat of a motivator. Unfortunately, my admitting I like big butts and cannot lie does not help my employment prospects. To be fair, people weren't executed throughout history for liking big butts and not lying about it.
I guess what I'd say is if you are gay and some people won't like you just because of that, wouldn't you want to tell them to go F themselves? On the other hand, this seems like easier said than done and how would it come up organically if you weren't part of some organization? My understanding is most of the boost of being in the homosexual community are the diversity fairs that have since passed.
But it can't hurt by law (Idk if this is true in reality), so assuming the firms follow that law, it can only have no impact or help. Therefore, it seems to be parateo efficient?
Please shut the fuck up.