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How I Live Proud

Thoughts from Mark Barkfield, LEAGUE at AT&T COO

In addition to his role as a Lead Channel Marketing Manager at AT&T, Mark Barfield is Chief Operating Officer of LEAGUE at AT&T, the nation’s oldest LGBT employee resource group. In honor of the 2016 pride season and the #ATTLiveProud campaign, we asked the 20-plus year AT&T employee and LEAGUE Foundation board member to share why and how he lives proud as an African-American gay man.


What does living proud look like in your life on a daily basis?

To me, living proud means I am who I am, sharing my true self whether at work, around family, at church and in my community.

How does that feel?

Energizing!

 

And, where do you find inspiration and support?

I find inspiration in the struggles of others who have worked for civil rights, gender rights, education parity and LGBTQ rights including workplace protections, benefits, and same-sex marriage equality. 

“I find inspiration in the struggles of others who have worked for civil rights, gender rights, education parity and LGBTQ rights.”

How does you living proud positively benefit your greater community? 

It allows my community to see that an out and proud LGBTQ, African-American male can be committed to family, work, church, and community, serving as an example for living one’s life in an open and positive manner.

 

See the #ATTLiveProud mosaic and enter to win a trip for two to Palm Springs Pride Week* at Liveproud.att.com.

 

*No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident, age majority. Ends 8/14/16. Void where prohibited. Subject to complete rules.

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Debbie Lang
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Thanks for sharing Mark!
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