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Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

Francois Desgagne, Director and LGBTQ+ Network member at CGI, shares his story on being yourself and bringing your whole self to work.

When I joined CGI in 2002 in Saguenay (Quebec, Canada), I was openly gay to my friends and my family, as well as at university. However, despite lots of support and positivity, I was afraid to be rejected by my new colleagues as I saw myself as an exception. So, without lying, I hid this part of my life and who I really was from my team for the first 2 years. Essentially, I was myself for years outside of work, yet when I joined CGI I pushed myself back into the closet.

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