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Exclusive: Trowers offends gay student with aids suggestion
16 December 2016
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A law student has been left stunned after a Trowers & Hamlins representative asked if he was gay and then referred to AIDS.

The student, whom RollOnFriday shall call Mr X, was subjected to the comments while browsing the stalls at the Birmingham University law fair in November. He told RollOnFriday, "I spoke to all the different firms", but only "one stood out". Unfortunately it was "for all the wrong reasons". 

After becoming engaged in conversation with one of the Trowers stallholders, Mr X said she suddenly "asked if I was gay". He said, "I must have looked shocked", as "she then followed up with, 'don't be offended, it's not like I asked if you had aids or anything'. WTF!"

  A Trowers staffer lets their inner voice loose

A Trowers spokeswoman said, "Everyone has AIDS! AIDS AIDS AIDS! AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS! Everyone has AIDS!"  "As a firm we are committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent whatever their sexual orientation, age, gender or ethnicity".



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anonymous user
16/12/2016 09:20
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I'll add this to "The Magical List Of Things That Never Happened"
anonymous user
16/12/2016 10:01
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As someone who works at Trowers these seems like a really odd story. Whatever the failings of the firm, I have never worked at any law firm with so many gay partners (including a significant proportion of the senior equity), fee earners and support staff. This by far the most tolerant and inclusive firm I have ever come across.
anonymous user
16/12/2016 11:00
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I'm sure Trowers is a lovely firm and full of freethinking wonderful people. That said, it really doesn’t help anyone to undermine the experience of the gay community by dismissing their stories as 'blips' (re “as someone who works at Trowers” post) or 'lies’ (re “magical things” post ) would suggest. It’s the “I’m friends with a gay person and he doesn’t experience prejudice” type thinking often proffered by well meaning, liberal, guardian reading but none the less privileged classes that continues to subjugate and silence minority voices.
anonymous user
16/12/2016 11:49
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Lucky she didn't ask if he had Bad AIDS.
anonymous user
16/12/2016 12:48
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From the little I know about them they're not the kind of firm you'd expect this from.
anonymous user
17/12/2016 10:14
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Get your facts straight
anonymous user
07/02/2017 15:26
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So pooh down the stairwell, mice dying under the floor and problems with air conditioning/heating is all just a figment of the imagination of all employees' at T&H Birmingham office?! - Is this what you are insinuating?
  

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