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4.0 out of 5 stars I have given this book four stars because its message is important., 20 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business (Kindle Edition)
This book has a message that I think is important: that all types of people should be respected at work. It is particularly written with the Lesbian, Gay and Transgender people at its centre. Its message is that all people should be treated fairly and not to do so damages business. Not to treat people well within the business world is to not only that it misses out on a wide variety of talent but it misses out on the spending power of the community as a whole. This message is repeated over and over again. It also has case samples and opinions by those who supress their sexuality at work and the cost to them personally. The author is very hard on himself about the extent to which he supressed his sexuality and the trouble it caused to him, family and most of all his workplace. At the time the author was growing up homosexuality was illegal in Britain and much of the world. Unfortunately this message, in my opinion, did not come out quite as loud as it might have done. I think straight people have all but forgotten the consequences of this illegal, hidden life and some younger people laugh at the very idea of it. Unfortunately some people have forgotten the consequences of intolerance and this is what the book is about. I think the weakness of the book lies in the way it makes the point about changing attitudes in business, there are only so many ways the point can be put before it becomes a bit laboured. A much more fundamental issue is hidden deep in the text and that is the history and attitudes around sexuality. I desperately wanted a more biographical book and more of the person present and more of the people he talked with. The reason I wished for this is that I think the message about the cost to the work place could have been much more strongly made It was in the words of the people and the life of the author were the testament to the damage done was. As with any book anyone can read it but I would recommend it for anyone who is in business but I would not specifically recommend this book for anyone needing to explore their own sexuality though every experience is valid.
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