Outing Yourself to Bigots
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 27 May 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on outing yourself to bigots on Philosophy in Action Radio on 27 May 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Am I obliged to disclose that I am gay if I know that the person then wouldn't wish to do business with me? Let's say that I have a job that I enjoy, but I find out that my boss does not like gay people and would refuse to hire or would fire anyone that she knew was gay. Somehow, she doesn't know that I am, in fact, gay. Should I tell her knowing that she would want to fire me – a decision that I think is wrong, but nonetheless something she should be free to do? Assume that in every other regard I enjoy my work and job, and sharing her discriminatory view is by no means a requirement for my work.
My Answer, In Brief: You're not under any obligation to out yourself to bigots, including at work. However, closets are uncomfortable places to live, and you should do what's needed to solve this problem as soon as possible.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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