Friday, August 07, 2009

Job Application...

Last night I was applying for a pharmacist job in London, and one of the questions in the application was about employment equality, which asked the applicant to indicate which term would best describe his/her sexuality. Five options were given including 'lesbian', 'gay', 'bisexual', 'heterosexual', or 'I do not want to disclose my sexual orientation' (which I personally think it's a subtle way to say you ain't straight).

And let's be honest, I used to pick 'heterosexual' or 'I do not want to disclose my sexual orientation' in my previous applications, but last night, I decided to disclose myself as 'gay' for the first time.

Yes, to some of you, it may seem nothing extraordinary but a simple question, but to me, the question WAS a complicated one until now. I guess I've accepted who I truly am and I ain't afraid no more =]

P.S. I hope I will get an interview with this London job. Pray for me!

17 comments:

Trevor said...

yeah... although it's only a tick with your pen... but it's quite a complicated choice in that few seconds... as we gotta be true to ourselves... and ain't afraid no more... pray for you... :)

Anonymous said...

yes I know what that is like ! be true to yourself I hope you get the job will pray for you, love and hugs Antony

Torontonian said...

You're in the wrong country.

In Canada, it is unconstitutional to ask such a question here.

You may have the mother of Parliaments, but it seems we're streets ahead of you in the area of sexual orientation and employment.

Anonymous said...

hey m8!

well, i live in switerland, and here it's not in common that you have to tell in a job application what's your sexuall orienatition. so i won't. even as a gay or bisexuell or whatever...
i think it's much more dificult to find a job if you say in first place that you're gay... but i'm gonna pray for you :D ^-^

Anonymous said...

why not put something like "enjoy it" in the space?

NShappy said...

but why is your sexual orientation significant for job? i don't understand... in serbia, it's inpropriate to ask someone about that question. but, serbia is strange country hehe...
i hope that you find job, beacose and i searching for same pharmacyst job...
cheers ;-)

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you. You should be proud of yourself in your ability to show pride in yourself. It's your life, everyone else should feel privilege to be included. Stay strong, enjoy the job.
N.

SERGEI DAGHLOVSKY said...

hey congrats dude. its a small and tiny step but nevertheless an important one. in any case, sexuality REALLY has nothing to do with your job... just be true to yourself.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that it's legal to ask your sexual orientation in GB, since it's illeagaul in the USA. I'm glad for you that you are finally strong enough and clear enough to admit to yourself and the world that you are, indeed, GAY. I've wondered for quite a while when this would happen, if ever, and had even been tempted to ask you about it. I'm glad you inner process brought you to it all on your own without any external prompting, and I hope and pray you are feeling freed and empowered by "crossing that bar" to self acceptance and self definition. I will pray for you, as I always do, about the job, although it's not worth having if your gayity is the slightest problem to them. Take courage and be of Good Cheer, Dear Will Pr8. The Good God will lead you to where you need to be to make a true difference in the life of the world that He so very much loves, along with you, His Beloved Child and Faithful Servant and Friend.
AGAPE'
your friend,
pavfen

Anonymous said...

Hey, you could always answer that question with the following:

SEX- As often as I can get it!

PR8 said...

First of all, I never really expect to receive so many responses! Thanks a lot guys! Anyway, if the hospital rejects my application because I'm gay, then TOUGH it's their LOST, because I really don't think being gay will make me a bad pharmacist.

Roland said...

Hi! I love your blog and this time this "identity question" made me very curious,upset or confused ? :S
Have the company rights to ask those questions in the US, and why do they ? It can cause discrimination either positive or negative, is'nt it ? Please answer me. Bye.

Leon said...

There are very strong laws in the UK protecting your privacy. The answers are separated from one's name to basically allow for the collection of statistics. It isn't personnel.

Companies can use this to show statistically if they are employing about 50% men and 50% women, and address the number of LGBT staff members, disabled staff members, and racial groupings. The applicable percentages for each of these groups is supposed to be similar to government statistics collected for the region where the business is located. Businesses would then have programmes to try and address any imbalances.

Whilst it is not mandatory for private companies to do this, it is considered best practice. It is mandatory for government departments to collect statistics and explain any imbalances or show they have programmes to address the imbalance.

Ultimately, the questions are meant to help. To ensure there are relevant services for people who may be discriminated against - this can include simple things like posters, training (manager specific or general staff)or even safe spaces and hotlines to call.

Torontonian said...

Hello again,

I just want to add another comment by quoting your response:

Companies can use this to show statistically if they are employing about 50% men and 50% women, and address the number of LGBT staff members, disabled staff members, and racial groupings. The applicable percentages for each of these groups is supposed to be similar to government statistics collected for the region where the business is located. Businesses would then have programmes to try and address any imbalances.
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I think that's a type of quota filling. Trying to see how many of a demographic fit into a larger group. It's been tried before elsewhere with little success.

There's also a right to privacy and I'm susprised the British would allow such an invasion of privacy. Canada has a Commissioner of Privacy whose link is here:

http://www.priv.gc.ca/index_e.cfm

Maybe it's time for Britain to reconsider privacy and other rights afresh.

I hope you get your job and good luck with that but I hope Britain smartens up regarding the constitutional rights of the person.

Time to ask strong questions to candidates during the next election, n'est-ce pas?

Darryl said...

Will, I'm so happy for you that you're finally able to fully accept who you are! I agree with some of the comments regarding the legality of such employment questions, but that is for another discussion. Just know that those of us who email you regularly view this self acceptance as HUGE! I shall certainly keep you in my prayers and agree that if this job is right for you that you will get it!
All the best!
Darryl in Atlanta

Joe said...

Isn't that too far to one's privacy? I don't see any points why they need to know this kind of question.

Anyway, I'm proud of u that u have enough strength to answer the question as ''GAY'', who we really are.

Best luck!
Joe
from Japan

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