Paul Skinner

I feel very lucky. As a white cis gay man who came out in the welcoming environment of music college, I have generally since been able to be open and honest about who I am. That said, I remember well the nervousness I felt starting pupillage as a gay man in 2010 – new people, a traditional profession, and a year of being judged by those whose prejudices you do not know. I didn’t come out in my first chambers until after pupillage because of that. My nervousness was ultimately misplaced, but I was cross to discover later that there were two other out gay members of chambers that no-one had thought to tell me about. Positive role models matter, and I suspect I would have come out sooner had I known. I have since moved to Matrix, where, honestly, my gayness could not be more celebrated.