An LGBT employment assistance service opened in Moscow on Friday, in a bid to help LGBT people address some of the issues they may face in the workplace because of their sexual orientation.
SOT, Kirill, Curator, LGBT employment assistance service (Russian): “Originally our project was oriented towards international companies that have offices in Russia. It is no secret that the level of tolerance in such companies is much higher than elsewhere. Up until now, there have been no Russian companies on our list, but we do hope some will be on it, we do hope to collaborate with them.”
SOT Vyacheslav, psychiatrist, LGBT employment assistance service (Russian): “Usually, people who have attended a job interview and have had a negative experience because of their sexual orientation are more likely to suffer from stress and harbour fears that become an obstacle for further applications.”
SOT, Vyacheslav, psychiatrist, LGBT employment assistance service (Russian): “First of all we pay attention to self-presentation. You should point out your professional skills. The last thing you need to speak about is your sexual orientation or that your sex does not match your appearance or what is written in your passport. You do not need to say anything about your orientation if you do not have any special physical signs.”
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