Alexander Selker was in his mid-20’s when he plucked up the courage. He moved to Hamburg – from Großburgwedel near Hanover – to study. After a few semesters he took his best friends aside and confessed: I love men. A big step. “In school, homosexuality was always considered something negative. I adapted and didn’t deal with it for a long time,” says Alexander. To his relief, friends and parents reacted positively to the coming out: “It became easier with every conversation.” Today, the 30-year-old works at Volkswagen as a doctoral student in Group Market Research. He is also involved in the company’s LGBTIQ* and friends network “We Drive Proud”. “I want to make it easier for others to stand by their personality.”
“No person should have to hide their personality”
Respect, tolerance, living diversity – these are the goals of the LGBTIQ* and friends network #WeDriveProud at Volkswagen. One of its members is Alexander Selker, a doctoral student in Group Market Research. On Coming-Out Day he tells his story.