Friday, May 16, 2014

Despite diversity and non-discrimination policies, top companies don't put openly gay people on top -- the "pink ceiling"

A column called "The Upshot" in the New York Times today reports that there is not one openly gay person as the CEO of any of the top 1000 companies in the US, link here.  It's called the "pink ceiling".

It's certainly true that openly gay people have established themselves in major businesses and media companies.  Look at Facebook co-founded Chris Hughes, CNN journalists Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, and the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald.  And Hollywood is certainly listening to the idea.  On ABC's "Revenge" the bi-sexual character Nolan Ross is said to have created a competitor of Facebook, and is one of the drama's strongest and uniquely drawn characters.

Back in the 1970's, the "closet" was actually seen as part of a life strategy.  Double lives were the norm.  At the Ninth Street Center in New York, the guru Paul Rosenfels said to me one time there was no reason to aspire to be "president of your company".  Times really have changed. 

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