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Studies show that LGBTQ people inhabiting unaccepting communities and workplaces are more likely to suffer health problems, become victims of violence or take their own lives. In a personal effort to redress that problem, human resources professional Morgana Bailey courageously came out to a TED audience, not only to begin living more authentically but also to inspire others to accept those who may be different from themselves. Coming out of hiding helps the world become a better, more accepting place.

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Morgana Bailey is the director of the global human resources data management team at State Street.



Morgana Bailey was a confident, outgoing free spirit growing up in the conservative midwestern state of Kansas. She was a nonconformist, someone who wasn’t afraid to try new hairstyles or experiment with unconventional clothing. But at the age of 16, she realized something about herself that “changed everything.” She became reclusive. She abandoned many social and leadership activities and grew concerned with fitting in rather than standing out. She let herself believe that her search for acceptance was a part of maturing. Now Bailey understands that her need to conform was a way to hide her true self from the world. Some 16 years later, Bailey...

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