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What it’s like to be LGBT and work in commercial real estate 

Commercial real estate website Bisnow has an interesting set of interviews with LGBT professionals who work in that often-overlooked industry, some of whom say they still experience the kind of antigay hostility we hoped would be part of a bygone era by now. One interviewee told the site: “I sometimes think commercial real estate and … Continue reading “What it’s like to be LGBT and work in commercial real estate “

Commercial real estate website Bisnow has an interesting set of interviews with LGBT professionals who work in that often-overlooked industry, some of whom say they still experience the kind of antigay hostility we hoped would be part of a bygone era by now. One interviewee told the site: “I sometimes think commercial real estate and professional sports are the last bastions of homophobia in America.” Others told stories of only recently feeling comfortable enough to open up about their sexuality after years of avoiding the topic in professional situations. 

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Diversity statistics in the industry are hard to come by, Bisnow says, but the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index—which ranks corporate policies toward LGBT employees—is telling. Of the 515 companies that received a perfect score in 2017, only three were commercial real estate firms. Check out the full post here.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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