Autoethnography of Work: Challenges, Triumphs, and Queer Voice


  • Christopher Cumby Memorial University of Newfoundland


The purpose of this article is to explore the tensions between Queer experience and what Mizzi (2013) calls heteroprofessionalism within the corporate workplace. Using an analytic approach to autoethnography, this article explores a particularly tense experience between supervisor and employee, underlined by an exchange of transphobic comments. This experience begs the question: how do we engage in LGBTQ+ activism within the professional world? To answer this question, notions of Queer voice in relation to toxic workplace culture are explored. This article ultimately suggests that Queer marginalization within corporate atmospheres require a re-telling of these alternative stories as a method of counteracting and challenging systemic oppression.