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Shep Smith opens up about feeling like a “token gay” and the struggles he’s faced in the workplace

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CNBC’s Shepard Smith got candid about some of the unique struggles he’s faced as an openly LGBTQ person working in corporate media.In an interview during the Association of LGBTQ Journalists2021 National Convention, Smith, who came out publicly in 2017, spoke about his experiences as a gay man competing in a world dominated by straight men.“I signed up to work for the man,” he said. “I came to work for corporations and large groups because when I was a child my dad worked for himself and sometimes we had enough money to get by and sometimes we didn’t.”“That created strife in our family and I said from childhood I’m going to work for someone that gives me a check every two weeks… But when you work for the man, you follow the man’s.

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