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Presenting the story of MK, next in our #RiseWithPride series which celebrates the inspiring spirit of our associates who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“When I was in school, I started to realize that I was different from the other kids. It was a confusing time and coming from a middle-class family made it even harder to accept myself for who I was.
But as I grew older, I met more people from my community who helped me gain the courage to accept myself. It took me over five years to fully come to terms with my identity as a gay man. But once I did, I knew that I couldn't live a double life anymore. Living with two identities isn't easy, and I know that many people from my community have gone through a lot of hardships because of this.
It's been over six years since I came out to my loved ones, and I'm glad that I did. I consider myself lucky to have received so much support from my family, friends, and colleagues. Being open about who I am, has brought so much positivity and happiness into my life.
I recognize that not everyone feels comfortable coming out at work, but I was fortunate enough to work in an environment where my colleagues are open-minded and accepting. I never officially came out to my office mates, but they figured it out on their own. Having the support and respect of my colleagues has made my work life much happier and more peaceful. I'm grateful to work at Mahindra, where I can be myself and feel accepted for who I am. I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues to #RiseForAMoreEqualWorld.”