Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-03-03



Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ group hosts virtual panel
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times

This article shared 3171 times since Sat Oct 31, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Legal executive search firm Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ employee resource group (ERG) hosted a virtual panel Oct. 29. The event focused on how LGBTQ professionals have navigated their careers and personal lives as their authentic selves.

Major, Lindsey and Africa Managing Director Rebecca K. Glatzer was the event moderator. Panelists included CNA Aging Services Underwriting Consultant Roxanne Meyer, JP Morgan Chase Information Security Manager Vice President Mark D. Joyce and Major Lindsey and Africa Managing Director Andrew Teig.

Glatzer introduced the panel and asked them to tell their coming-out stories.

Joyce said his coming out experience was in two phases. At first, Joyce told his close friends and some co-workers that he was gay while in his 20s and then later to his family in his mid-30s. He said that his father did not speak to him for a couple of years however his mother and sister accepted him right away. Joyce added that it was due to his grandmother's death and subsequent funeral that caused his father to eventually "come around to a point."

Meyer, 27, said she came out as a lesbian when she was 14 to everyone in her life except for her grandfather who said at a family dinner when she was 12 that "gay people are of a different race" in a negative way. Her grandfather's comments shook her because their family is Jewish so she could not understand why he felt this way about another persecuted group of people.

"With LGBTQ people you will never forget what people say before they realize you are gay," said Meyer. "I never came out to him."

Meyer said that recently she came to understand that she is also demisexual which means she does not experience any superficial attraction to people. Her attraction has to be with someone she has an emotional connection to which means "I have never had a celebrity crush."

Teig said the first time he met any other gay people was in college and it was during that time he told his parents he was gay while at home for the fall Jewish holidays. He said their first reaction was that he was going to die of AIDS and it led to a huge fight and them not speaking to each other for two months. This changed, Teig said, when he went home for Thanksgiving and they started to see a family therapist and now he is closer to his parents than ever before.

In terms of the workplace, Joyce said coming out early in his career was confined to specific co-workers and that "you have to come out on your own schedule to the people around you and the wider world."

For Meyer, coming out at an early age was her way of "wanting to live my life and also be my authentic self."

Teig said that coming out as a teenager was unheard of for him and he is in his 30's. He added that today more youth are coming out than ever before and that Meyer is a testament to that phenomenon.

The conversation then turned to how each panelist has navigated the workplace as out LGBTQ people.

Meyer said when she started at CNA five years ago she did not explicitly say she was a lesbian in the beginning but over time that changed. She added that she has to watch what she wears to certain meetings because of people's perceptions of her. Meyer said conversely she will not hide that she is involved with Pride at CNA but she does not bring it up on her own.

Teig said that no one teaches law school students how to come out so he never volunteered anything about his personal life except for a few associates. It was not until Teig came to Major, Lindsey and Africa and found that there was an LGBTQ ERG that he felt he could be his authentic self at work.

For Joyce, he never volunteered any personal information about himself but his roommate did which hurt him. After that, Joyce decided he had to control his narrative and this included looking for allies which led to a much better existence for him. When Joyce joined JP Morgan it was a different world so it was easier to be out at work. He also joined the LGBTQ business resource group (BRG) at JP Morgan.

Other topics covered included how to be an ally, how to navigate LGBTQ-focused jobs and outreach efforts showing up on ones resume, gendered workplace dress code rules and how to eliminate them, how the Black Lives Matter movement is also changing the conversation about inclusion efforts and the need to hire more LGBTQ and especially trans and gender nonconforming people in all workplaces.

This article shared 3171 times since Sat Oct 31, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

SAVOR Nonnina: New team maintains high standards 2021-03-04
- I'm not gonna lie: I was a little concerned about Nonnina (340 N. Clark St.; News trickled down that the highly esteemed team of Executive Chef Tony Priolo and business partner Ciro Longobardo (who are ...

Gay News

COVID Lightfoot: Bars, restaurants can be at 50%, stay open until 1 a.m. 2021-03-02
- On March 2, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city will allow bars and restaurants to boost indoor capacity to 50% and remain open until 1 a.m., The Chicago Tribune reported. Lightfoot also will allow ...

Gay News

Organizations campaign for stamps honoring LGBTQ icons 2021-03-02
- The International Imperial Court System (IICS) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico and the National LGBTQ Task Force have launched a national campaign asking the U.S. Post Office Department to issue stamps honoring LGBTQ icons ...

Gay News

National Restaurant Association Show cancelled 2021-02-26
- Event organizers of the National Restaurant Association Show announced the cancellation of the 2021 National Restaurant Association Show, which was scheduled to take place May 22-25 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois ...

Gay News

Preservation Chicago unveils list of most endangered Chicago buildings 2021-02-26
- Preservation Chicago—which works with city officials, neighborhood residents, owners and stakeholders to prevent what is often viewed as the wholesale loss of Chicago's important buildings—has revealed its 2021 list of ...

Gay News

COVID Ann Sather restaurant fined $2,000 2021-02-26
- The Ann Sather restaurant at 909 W. Belmont Ave. has been fined $2,000 for violating the state's indoor dining ban last year, reported. Chicago Ald. Tom Tunney owns the restaurant, which was cited Dec. 4. ...

Gay News

Spots revealed for Chicago Restaurant Week 2021 2021-02-26
- The venues participating in Chicago Restaurant Week (March 19-April 4) have been revealed. This year's participants include a range of restaurants throughout Chicagoland offering specially priced, prix fixe menus for ...

Gay News

Andersonville Chamber expands Restaurant Week 2021-02-23
- The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its traditional Andersonville Restaurant Week throughout March. Each week will feature a different collection of Andersonville restaurants with meals available for pick-up ...

Gay News

Male-only Michigan campsite bans trans men 2021-02-19
- In Michigan, the owners of Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground in Orleans—about 50 miles northwest of Lansing—announced they will ban trans men from their male-only park when they officially open this spring, reported. "Camp ...

Gay News

LGBT Chamber's 'Celebration of Black Business Excellence' on Feb. 23 2021-02-18
- The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois will hold its annual "Celebration of Black Business Excellence" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council President & Ceo Vince Williams will moderate the event. ...

Gay News

COVID Chicago expands indoor dining capacity 2021-02-17
- The city of Chicago plans to reduce indoor dining restrictions for a second consecutive week, allowing bars and restaurants to offer service at either 40% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, The Chicago Tribune reported. ...

Gay News

COVID Lightfoot announces plan to ease restrictions in Chicago 2021-02-10
- Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced a roadmap for Chicago to continue to cautiously ease regulations on businesses as COVID-19 metrics improve. ...

Gay News

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce expands HYGGE Fest through February 2021-02-05
--From a press release - CHICAGO (February 4, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its annual Hygge Fest to run for the entire month of February 2021. The month-long festival will ...

Gay News

Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021 2021-02-03
- Choose Chicago has announced the return of Chicago Restaurant Week on March 19-April 4, 2021. Chicago Restaurant Week offers local food enthusiasts an opportunity to experience some of the city's most highly sought restaurants. Participating dining ...

Gay News

Unleashed LGBTQ virtual conference March 25-27 2021-01-29
- Unleashed LGBTQ—which aims to create a space for brands, entertainers and LGBTQ professionals to connect—will hold a virtual conference March 25-27. Attendees can see the latest products, services and campaigns ...


Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.