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Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work. In The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.
I commend John for sharing so openly his experience and insights - which are all too familiar to me - to stimulate a broader dialogue that is needed. We know that even though some of these conversations are difficult, the more they happen, the more progress is made on advancing inclusion for all.
This book is for all those who believe in the power of full inclusion but still have some challenges living it daily. A courageous and salutary reminder that despite huge progress, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of tolerant and inclusive society of which business – as this book powerfully argues – must be a driving force.
"I wish I had been brave enough to come out earlier during my tenure as chief executive of BP. I regret it to this day."
John Browne was CEO of BP from 1995 until 2007. He transformed BP into one of the world’s largest companies, and resigned after a British newspaper group outed him as a gay man. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Galleries. He is now an investor in the energy sector, and the author of the memoir Beyond Business and the popular science book Seven Elements that Changed the World.