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From the Ted Talk by Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

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For those of you from large metropolitan areas, this may not seem like a big deal to you. It may seem strange that I have suppressed the truth and hidden this for so long. But I was paralyzed by my fear of not being accepted. And I'm not alone, of course. A 2013 Deloitte study found that a surprisingly large number of poplee hide aspects of their ittnediy. Of all the employees they surveyed, 61 percent reported changing an acsept of their behavior or their arpacapnee in order to fit in at work. Of all the gay, lbeiasn and bisexual employees, 83 percent admitted to cghianng some aspects of themselves so they would not appear at work "too gay." The study found that even in coneaimps with diversity picelios and inclusion programs, employees struggle to be themselves at work because they believe conformity is critical to their long-term career aavemdencnt. And while I was surprised that so many people just like me waste so much energy trying to hide themselves, I was scared when I discovered that my silence has life-or-death consequences and long-term sioacl repercussions.

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For those of you from large metropolitan areas, this may not seem like a big deal to you. It may seem strange that I have suppressed the truth and hidden this for so long. But I was paralyzed by my fear of not being accepted. And I'm not alone, of course. A 2013 Deloitte study found that a surprisingly large number of ______ hide aspects of their ________. Of all the employees they surveyed, 61 percent reported changing an ______ of their behavior or their __________ in order to fit in at work. Of all the gay, _______ and bisexual employees, 83 percent admitted to ________ some aspects of themselves so they would not appear at work "too gay." The study found that even in _________ with diversity ________ and inclusion programs, employees struggle to be themselves at work because they believe conformity is critical to their long-term career ___________. And while I was surprised that so many people just like me waste so much energy trying to hide themselves, I was scared when I discovered that my silence has life-or-death consequences and long-term ______ repercussions.

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  2. advancement
  3. identity
  4. people
  5. policies
  6. aspect
  7. changing
  8. appearance
  9. lesbian
  10. companies

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For those of you from large metropolitan areas, this may not seem like a big deal to you. It may seem strange that I have suppressed the truth and hidden this for so long. But I was paralyzed by my fear of not being accepted. And I'm not alone, of course. A 2013 Deloitte study found that a surprisingly large number of people hide aspects of their identity. Of all the employees they surveyed, 61 percent reported changing an aspect of their behavior or their appearance in order to fit in at work. Of all the gay, lesbian and bisexual employees, 83 percent admitted to changing some aspects of themselves so they would not appear at work "too gay." The study found that even in companies with diversity policies and inclusion programs, employees struggle to be themselves at work because they believe conformity is critical to their long-term career advancement. And while I was surprised that so many people just like me waste so much energy trying to hide themselves, I was scared when I discovered that my silence has life-or-death consequences and long-term social repercussions.

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