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?
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.
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.
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