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The Professional Closet: On Being "Out" in the Game Industry

Matt Turnbull  (Executive Producer, Xbox Game Studios Publishing)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Advocacy, Production & Team Leadership

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Join Matt Turnbull, Executive Producer at Xbox Game Studios Publishing and Co-Lead for the Team Xbox LGBTQIA+ Community, as he walks through his personal story of "coming out" professionally as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, shares anecdotes and stories from others on their positive and less positive experiences doing so, and gives practical advice on how to build the kind of environment that empowers people to bring their whole selves to work and the benefits this can bring both for the individual and the organization.


Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of their colleagues in the LGBTQIA+ community, and some tangible examples of changes they can make in how they communicate, signal their team's culture, and work with those in the community to create a safe and welcoming environment.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone interested in LGBTQIA+ advocacy in games, as well as those who are involved at any level in driving culture for their teams or their organizations.