My thinking was simple: If a firm doesn’t want the real me, then why would I want them?

I was in a same-sex relationship before I started my training contract 16 years ago, and I have been completely out for my entire career. On applications, I deliberately included details of my time helping to run the student LGBT society, despite friends’ advice. My thinking was simple: If a firm doesn’t want the real me, then why would I want them? Plus, I was proud of what I’d done as a student, although my ‘activism’ was mainly limited to one incident.

Back in the late 90s, before contactless cards, dating apps or Graham Norton, I was the secretary of my student LGBT society. We were promoting a joint event with another LGBT group. I had an email from one of the officials at my alma mater, challenging whether we had complied with the various rules governing events of that size, and implicitly questioning the value of the event.

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