Dani Pereira - LGBT role model

Administrative assistant

My role

I work as an administrative assistant in the Employee Data Management team based in Winchester. Our team is responsible for upholding the structure and organisational management over the entire IBC.

My identity

I identify as a gay man.

I'd always known that I was gay, though I lived in a small island community in Jersey, so coming out as gay was something almost completely unheard of. My sexual identity is just a small part of who I am. I like to define myself as a man who happens to be gay, not someone whose life revolves around whom they sleep with.

Importance of being a role model

I think it's important to be a role model because growing up, I didn't really have anyone to look up to or to relate to. I only came out once I left Jersey, so it was difficult having to live with, what was then, a large secret that I was ashamed of.

Since coming out at 18, I haven't looked back and regret hiding who I was back then. Being a role model hopefully means that we can inspire others not to hide who they truly are and to stop being ashamed of themselves.

Dani Pereira