A documentary that follows a group of gay and lesbian employees at Procter & Gamble called ‘Gable’ who banded together in the early ’90s to fight for equality in their workplace. The reflection exposes the torment that the group and other LGBTQ+ employees went through at the time, and how they strove to overcome it. Although we’ve come a long way, total acceptance and equality of the LGBT+ community is still far off in the distance. This is why it’s important to understand and appreciate the struggle, as it’s still ongoing. ‘Out of the Shadows’ offers to ear to the individual experiences of LGBTQ+ members of staff at P&G’s Cincinnati office in 1993 – when the business was far more conservative than it is today and homophobia was prevalent. At P&G, sexual orientation was added to the EEO policy towards the end of ’92, which was a big thing at the time – given P&G’s conservative nature. However, the move didn’t create systemic change overnight – although many of its employees thought it would – because the company had no program or policy in place to drive it. It actually had a detrimental effect as it drew attention to P&G’s LGBT+ employees because it provided recognition to employees that they existed. After Article 12 passed in Cincinnati – an amendment that prevented any laws aimed at protecting gays and lesbians – the film follows how this difficult time led P&G’s staff to take action. Calling themselves ‘Gable’ – the group swelled in allies while endeavouring to educate their colleagues. Gable still exists today, with 5,000 members in 50 countries.
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