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Is it a good idea to disclose LGBT status when it comes to applying for specific officies?

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New answer on Nov 03, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 28, 2020

Is it a good idea to disclose LGBT status when it comes to applying for specific officies?

For example, Singapore, Middle East.

Since I attend some of the LGBT events, if I apply for those offices, will they discover?

Will that have an impact on my application? What's your suggestion?

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Ian
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replied on Jul 29, 2020
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Hi there,

Before you read the below, remember, ultimately you should really do what you personally feel comfortable with!

That being said, culture is very important to consider here.

I have a candidate in the US who is not only disclosing their status, but actively mentioning it in both their Cover Letter and their "Why X Company" answer. In this case, I actually believe it will help this candidate given many Western countries are actively seeking out a diverse workforce.

I would also encourage this in Europe and Australia/NZ.

I would probably recommend not disclosing it in the ME. I am not sure about Singapore to be honest but I would guess they are somewhere in the middle.

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Clara
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replied on Jul 28, 2020
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Hello!

This is an excellent question (and in a way a very sad one)

In Europe, for instance, I knew many people who publicly disclosed it once we were in the firm, since GLAM was very very active. However, I also know about many people who did not share it "publicly" since they still tought it would hinder their opportunities.

In any case, where would you disclose? If so, would need to be something relevant in the CL, never in the CV.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Jul 28, 2020

In the application system, there is a place that I can just click the box. And Middle East is the second preferred office, I put my first preference somewhere else on the system. (not refering to CL)

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Anonymous B replied on Jul 28, 2020

Interesting question. I recall meeting an LGBT colleague in the Dubai office but he never discussed or disclosed his sexuality. At the same time I know a Partner in the Singapore office who is very open about his.

Sadly - same-sex activity is still illegal in those countries and while your LGBT status has no impact on your application, you need to also think about your safety in those countries should you choose to move there

If you have achievements linked to LGBT causes - I do not see any harm in putting these on your CV but I would avoid disclosing your own status in some of the more riskier countries i.e. Middle East

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Anonymous A on Jul 28, 2020

In the application system, there is a place that I can just click the box. And Middle East is the second preferred office, I put my first preference somewhere else on the system.

Anonymous on Aug 24, 2020

No harm. But if you do move to Dubai - I would not disclose openly and HR are unlikely to disclose either. Let me know if you would like to discuss! I can speak from experience :)

Anonymous updated the answer on Jul 28, 2020

Dear A,

In any European contries or Singapore it might be ok to disclose you status either in life or in application.

Although, in such a strictly traditional muslim country disclosure of your status might be affect you. So I would recommend you to think in advance about your safety in such country like Middle East.

Best,
André

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Gaurav
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replied on Nov 03, 2020
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Hi there,

It’s up to you. But it’s not a good idea to disclose it during the interview or put it on the CV. It’s too personal, you don’t need to add it.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,

GB

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