Robin Bodiford has been gay for as long as she can remember and she has been first out in many ways for many years.

“I was one of the first three openly gay attorneys in Broward County,” Bodiford said. “It was me, Dean Trantalis [featured in Out50] and Alan Terl [deceased].”

She was the first attorney to advertise in the Broward gay media with a photograph of herself, and the first attorney to advertise services for LGBT people on bus stop kiosks.

“And I never received any hate mail or threats or anything of that nature,” she said. “All-in-all things have gone pretty smoothly.”

She had her first position as an attorney with one of the largest law firms in San Francisco. She asked a senior executive if she could bring her partner to company events.

“He nearly lost it,” she said. “He told me the conversation hadn’t taken place and the topic was off-limits for the future.

“They’re now major supporters of rights for their gay employees,” she said. “Go figure.”

“Come out as soon as you can is my best advice,” she concluded. “It’s fantastic and the best thing you can do for yourself — personally and professionally.

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