Careers: Come Out. Move Up?

Why gay executives who choose to open up about their personal lives become better managers

Tim Kincaid, an analyst at American Airlines, was tired of hearing about the wedding plans of the woman in the next cubicle. "You would have thought it was the Von Trapp wedding from The Sound of Music," he recalls. But it rankled for reasons other than gossip overload. Kincaid was a closeted gay man, living under a "self-imposed silence. My assumption was, 'Don't ask, don't tell.'" Although he was openly gay in the rest of his life, he was afraid to let anyone in hisoffice know. "I had worked a long time to get to this dream job," he says. "I...

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