"Who am I to judge on gay people?", Pope Francis in July 2013.
Being open about one's sexual orientation at the workplace is a decision that needs to be made every time gay people meet new colleagues, clients, suppliers, etc. It is not an easy decision as coming out of the closet can lead to homophobic harassment and bullying. On the other hand, those who are not able to come out feel that they expend enormous amounts of energy on avoiding being outed with negative effects on their performance and integration. In fact, being forced to lie about one's private life and hide certain personal aspects can lead to isolation in the long term (Miles, 2011).
Miles, N. (2011) Straight Allies. How they help create gay-friendly workplaces. Stonewall Workplace Guides; photos: New York 1974 via and via