Grey teamed up with VideoOut, an organization that’s aiming to have the world’s largest library of coming-out stories, to celebrate National Coming Out Day today.
A short video called “Grey for National Coming Out Day” features LGBTQ employees from the agency sharing their own stories of coming out, stories of difficulty, awkwardness, humor, sincerity and relief.
Account supervisor Patrick Ryan’s sister almost crashed her car when he came out to her, and account executive Jacob Cochran’s mother was just relieved to learn he wasn’t failing any of his classes in college.
“It was very hard for me to just put my foot down and say I was bi, I date men and I date women,” said Alexandra Hsie, an assistant integrated producer at Grey’s Townhouse.
The employees also share what they’ve gained from having come out.
“I’ve been fortunate to work in this industry that embraced me,” says copywriter Bryan Burns.
In addition to the “Grey For National Coming Out Day” video, there is a playlist of employees’ full-length personal stories in the VideoOut library. Each of the long-form videos has a title that reflects the employee’s advice and experience, from “Just Be Who You Are” to “I Was Socially Awkward” and “My Friends Were My Lifeline.”
The agency’s Grey Pride group, part of its larger People’s Council diversity initiative, created the program.