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Biography
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Named "the godfather of gay sensitivity training" by The New York Times, Brian McNaught is considered the world's leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace. He is also the best-selling author of four watershed books on gay issues, all of which are used as college texts.

Since 1974, McNaught has drawn on his personal experiences and his skills as a sexuality educator to help audiences understand what it's like to grow up gay and to deal with the common, daily challenges faced by gay and transgender people at work, at home, in their churches, and in their neighborhoods around the globe. He has addressed hundreds of professional and university audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including those at Merrill Lynch, Toronto Dominion Bank, 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, the National Security Agency (NSA), Brookhaven National Labs, Battelle, and over 200 Colleges/Universities, including Harvard, Vanderbilt, Indiana University, Holy Cross, Penn State, MIT, and UCLA.

He has produced and/or is featured in six critically-acclaimed educational videos and DVDs – "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 Issues in the Workplace (1993), Now That I'm Out, What Do I Do? (1997), "Sex Camp" (2005), and Are You Guys Brothers? (2008), 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. His work appears in six college textbooks and in several anthologies of gay/lesbian non-fiction literature. He was also the co-host of a seasonal radio program in Provincetown, MA.

During the early 1980's, 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. Today, Brian serves as an advisor to former Surgeon General David Satcher at Morehouse School of Medicine on his national sexual health initiative.

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. He and his life partner Ray Struble live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Provincetown, MA.