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Michael Stephens: Discovering Who Am I

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Michael Stephens, founder of Create Space.

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In this candid conversation, we share some personal experiences that led us both in different ways to arrive at the same destination: ourselves.

We discuss the struggles so many LGBTQ persons have with deeply identifying with themselves. Rooted in a need as growing up to hide our true self, we can put forth a fake facade striving to fit in, to not be bullied, to be accepted by our friends, family and coworkers. This can result in many things from isolation, lack of connection with self and others, escapism through substance abuse that can lead to addiction, overachiever syndrome that can lead to burnout along with its associated mental and physical distress.

Who am I?
What do I want?
What do I need?
Am I content?
Am I happy?
Really happy right now?
How do I define happiness?
How do I define success?
Do I have people in my life I trust and can count on?
Am I a person that others really know or a facade of a projection?
Do I allow my emotions to race and explode due to other people’s learned or ignorant comments or behaviors?
Do I have triggers that others love to ignite?
Do I trust others?
Do I trust myself?
Do I take care of myself?
Do I value an active healthy lifestyle?

Profoundly and honestly answering these and many more questions in a safe and supportive environment is the key to living an authentic life where you connect with yourself, discover who you are, appreciate, respect, and yes, love yourself. Then from that core foundation, you can be there for others.

Michael’s Create Space is a program for you to learn to create space for yourself to learn, heal, grow, and experience the fullness of life and the world around you on your terms.

To connect with Michael find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/michaeledwardstephens/

Join me and Michael on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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72% of LGBT People Experience Mental Health Issues Due to Work Environment

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Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees still face workplace discrimination, harassment, and limitations on their career due to their sexuality.  From this is common to experience mental distress caused by the employer and coworkers.  The survey, conducted by YouGov and sponsored in part by Mercer, was published ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10th) and shows LGBT people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.

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Nearly three-quarters of LGBT people have experienced mental health issues because of work according to the poll, commissioned by Business in the Community with HR firm Mercer, which found 72 percent of LGBT people have experienced various levels of mental distress as a result of work/work environment.  that 20% of bisexual employees said they had hidden their identity (Creative Commons)  Further the poll found that  26% of LGBT employees said they had hidden their identity at work in the last year because they were afraid of discrimination, it also found. For many, this causes them to remain in the closet and validated by the results show only 60 percent of LGBT employees feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work, while 32 percent of managers have disguised that they are LGBT due to fear of discrimination.  This is collaborated by a separate study by HRC showing that the majority of LGBT workers closeted on the job.

Check out these related studies that support some of the sources of the stress LGBT workers face:

This represented just a four percent drop from HRC’s 2008 Degrees of Equality report, which was created before Barack Obama’s presidency, before same-sex marriage was legalized across the US and before transgender rights became a prominent issue in the civil rights struggle.

  • 53% said they had heard jokes about lesbian or gay people at every few months at work
  • 20% queer employees reported to HRC that they had been told or had colleagues imply that they should dress in a more feminine or masculine manner.
  • Nearly 33% LGBT+ people said they had felt unhappy or depressed at work.
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT employees are more than twice as likely as white employees to have experienced negativity from customers and clients (23 percent compared to 11 percent).
  • 7% have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the last year, rising to 15 percent of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, 20%of non-binary people

The research calls for employers to break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health and to invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees.


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