Larry Lennox-Choate III is the manager of global diversity programs at Bain & Co., a global consulting firm that has won several workplace rankings and diversity awards.
Before joining Bain, Lennox-Choate trained as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2005, during a time when he could be expelled from the military for being gay.
Lennox-Choate and his husband Daniel became the first same-sex male couple to marry at the military academy at West Point in 2013.
In an interview with Business Insider, the veteran reflects on the progress that’s been made for LGBTQ equality in the US, and how Bain is approaching inclusion at work.
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When Larry Lennox-Choate III was training as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2005, he knew that if anyone found out he was gay, he could lose the much-coveted spot at the prestigious school.
This was during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a US policy that banned people who identified as gay, bisexual, or lesbian from serving openly. LGBTQ service members could be expelled, and the policy resulted in the removal of 13,000 people from the military. The DADT policy was repealed by former President Obama in 2011.
“There was a little bit of a gay underground back then, but it was literally illegal,” Lennox-Choate told Business Insider. “It was just a very different time and a really restrictive environment.”
Lennox-Choate, who is now the manager of global diversity programs at Bain & Company, was featured as one of Business Insider’s power players in management consulting for his work on diversity and inclusion at the firm. In his role at Bain, Lennox-Choate feels strongly about advocating for the recruitment of veteran and LGBTQ employees.
“We know that bringing in those different perspectives and backgrounds allows us to solve our clients’ most challenging problems,” he said previously. “That means we have to make sure we’re hiring those people, that we’re supporting people from different walks of life and backgrounds and experiences.”
But Lennox-Choate is not only known for his work championing the hiring of LGBTQ and veteran workers. He and his husband, Daniel Lennox-Choate, who is also a West Point graduate, made history in 2013 when the pair became the first same-sex couple to marry at the academy’s Cadet Chapel. The event was heavily reported by media outlets across the country. The couple is still active sponsors of the LGBTQ club at West Point.
Today, Lennox-Choate uses his experience in the military to guide the decisions he makes about programs at Bain.
“As a veteran myself and someone who’s made the transition from active duty to the private sector, I’m intimately familiar with a lot of the concerns that our veterans have,” he said previously. “I know what they’re thinking about because I’ve been there myself.”
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