LGBT employees still face barriers

Lack of awareness, overt discrimination and lack of role models block career paths
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/13/2009

Esther Dryburgh, a partner in the financial services sector at IBM Canada, struggled for years in deciding whether or not she should come out at work. As a woman, she was already trying to prove she was as capable as men and she worried being out as a lesbian would mean she would have even more to prove.

As she got closer and closer to an executive position in a company with a strong track record of supporting diversity, it became a question of being true to herself and those she worked with.

“What really struck me was authenticity,” she said. “I didn’t realize the benefits of being truly yourself — you actually realize your potential that way. I realized I was only showing a couple of dimensions of myself.”