They were the two most difficult words I’ve ever said to my parents. I was barely able to say them out loud as I was driving my family to lunch hours before I headed back to NYC. It was June 2011, and I had returned home that weekend to suburban Maryland with the sole purpose of coming out to my parents. However, I couldn’t bring myself to do it until just before I had to leave. When I was finally able to say those two words, I felt a huge weight off my chest. Initially, my parents did not receive the news very positively, but over time they have accepted me for me. What a difference five years makes.
Today is National Coming Out Day, which is why I wanted to take a few moments to talk about my own coming out story and why it was important for me to be out during my MBA. While some people choose to hide their sexuality during their MBA experience, I refused to go back into the closet after living as a proud out man in NYC. As an active founding member of the LGBT group at Bloomberg, I was proud to promote the visibility of our community and proud of the partnerships we created with Out in Tech and OPEN Finance.
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When I accessed the Booth admitted student website for the first time, I read “Prepare to be transformed.” I thought, “What an overstatement.” I was so wrong.
LEAD was the first step in transforming my leadership skills; I gained a great deal of self-awareness and a toolkit to have top of mind. I had many leadership opportunities as a co-chair of the Triathlon Club and of OUTreach, our LGBT student and allies group. I couldn’t be more proud of the fact that Booth became the most represented school at this year’s ROMBA, the national conference for LGBT MBAs. Moreover, I’m stretching myself with improvisation classes at Second City, where Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert started their paths. This is just an example of how Chicago not only allows us to access culture, restaurants, and clubs but also provides unparalleled opportunities for students to become better business leaders.
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Picture yourself in class at Booth. You may be halfway between taking notes and refreshing your Instagram feed. At some point, you look across the room. One of your classmates has a purple sticker on her name tent with a rainbow flag on the bottom. You read on the sticker the word “Ally.” You may not realize it, but you’ve just taken the first step toward becoming an OUTreach ally! Continue reading I’m an Ally