This came into our inbox today, and we wanted to be sure to share it, and show support for Cassie. How unbelievable is this garbage?!
I wanted to tell you what has happened since I participated in this project.
When the OKC portraits came out, a coworker of mine forwarded the site to our supervisor. He did not previously know about my sexual orientation. He had a very strong negative reaction, and he made it very clear that he would ask me to leave the practice (we’re therapists) if anyone found out about me and complained. That work environment because increasingly uncomfortable, and I finally left because I wanted to work with other therapists who are open minded, loving, and accepting of all people.
We all know stories about the perpetration of prejudice against those in the LGBTQIA community. This is the first time I experienced it in my professional life.
Although the experience was intensely painful, I am glad the result turned out to be a transition to a much better work environment. (And I’m also registering a formal complaint against my former supervisor with the licensing board.)
I wanted to tell you about my experience because I think it highlights the importance of what you all are doing. I am proud to have participated in this project — I wouldn’t change anything.
Thank you so much for putting this amazing project together to promote equality for all of us. You guys are incredible.
If you ever need volunteers for anything in OKC, give me a shout out.
- Cassie Deford