Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pride at work - THE HINDU

by Camilla Caraccio
Originally published: June 6, 2017

The Chennai workplace is finally in the mood of inclusion. But what more can be done?

Coming out isn’t easy. Especially in the more remote parts of India.

Mithrandir* is adamant when he says that an open environment welcomed him in sunny Italy, where he moved for his postgraduate studies. “Chennai is a place of contradictions as it is orthodox and quite cosmopolitan at the same time. People can be a little unkind to someone who doesn’t conform to the binary standard image of identity that society puts down as a constriction,” he says,

Having said this, he claims that the existing stigma isn’t actually affecting employment, at least for the gay community. “From what I’ve experienced and heard, corporate Chennai is embracing cultural values across religions, colours and sexual identities. Things are looking up slowly.”