Mentioning your sexuality in an application?

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  1. gg332dd

    gg332dd Standard Member

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    I'm applying to firms which have received awards for being inclusive and supporting LGBT employees. I want to say that this is something that attracts me to the firm but not sure if it may come across as ingenuine if I just say it like that.

    ie. the person reading it may think "ok so why is this important to you though" unless I specify that as a gay person it's important to work in an inclusive workplace etc?
     
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  2. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    Plenty of applications will mention something specific about the applicant’s identity and explain that having a firm that is supportive of that particular group of people is important to them, often referencing specific policies/network groups.

    You don’t have to specify that identity though. Plenty of people will be allies and will still feel that is important to them despite not identifying themselves as that group (for instance I am very passionate about ethnic diversity, despite being predominately white).

    It’s just important to show evidence of why this is important to you - for some people the easiest way will be declaring their identity. For others it might be through other aligned activities they have done that will be presented elsewhere on their application.
     
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  3. gg332dd

    gg332dd Standard Member

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    This is really insightful, thank you Jessica!
     

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