Brian McNaught

Named “the godfather of gay sensitivity training” by The New York Times, Brian McNaught is the best-selling author of three watershed books on gay issues, and is the country’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay issues in the workplace.

For over 30 years, McNaught has drawn on personal experiences — including a failed suicide attempt, coming out to his parents and co-workers, and being fired for being gay — in order to help audiences understand what it’s like to grow up gay.

McNaught has addressed hundreds of professional and university audiences throughout North America and Europe, including those at Harvard, Vanderbilt, Indiana University, Holy Cross, Penn State, MIT, and UCLA.

Brian has produced and/or is featured in six critically-acclaimed educational videos and DVD’s – “Understanding and Managing Gay and Transgender Issues in the Workplace,” “On Being Gay,” “Gay Issues in the Workplace,” “Growing Up Gay and Lesbian,” “Homophobia in the Workplace,” and “Gay/Straight: Can We Talk?” He is the author of A Disturbed Peace – Selected Writings of an Irish Catholic Homosexual (1981), On Being Gay – Thoughts on Family, Faith and Love (1988), Gay and Transgender Issues in the Workplace (1993), Now That I’m Out, What Do I Do? (1997), and Sex Camp (2005), all of which are used as college texts on campuses throughout North America. He wrote a syndicated column in the gay press for 12 years and has contributed to numerous national publications. McNaught‘s work appears in six college textbooks and in several anthologies of gay/lesbian non-fiction literature. He is also the co-host of a seasonal radio program in Provincetown, MA.

In addition, Brian McNaught is the designer and presenter of two corporate workshops, “Understanding Gay and Trasgender Issues in the Workplace” and “Managing Gay and Transgender Issues in the Workplace.” He educates senior managers and employees on gay and transgender issues at corporations such as Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Chrysler, Ford, Morgan Stanley, Merck, DuPont, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, S.C. Johnson & Sons, Chubb, SONY, St. Paul Cos., Credit Suisse – First Boston, AT&T, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Lucent, Avaya, Agilent Tech., NCR, and 200 Colleges/Universities.

During the early 1980s, McNaught served as the Mayor of Boston’s Liaison to the Gay and Lesbian Community. As such, he conducted a citywide study of constituent needs, initiated and coordinated the city’s response to the AIDS epidemic, and trained police, health and other service providers.

McNaught earned his B.A in Journalism from Marquette University. He is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as a sexuality educator.