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I can really be myself here


Frederick Johnson, senior surety development specialist with Main Street America, an American Family operating company, takes the opportunity to share his personal story during Pride month. 

When I started at Main Street America in 2013, for the first time I felt, I can really be myself here

I had an openly gay supervisor in my department, who was well-liked, successful and made me feel comfortable immediately. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to know I didn’t have to worry about my career because I was gay.

Life today is quite different from where I started

I grew up in the South in an evangelical Christian household. I was the youngest of seven children, attending church multiple times a week.

I didn’t know I was gay until high school. At the time, my religious household was a saving grace because, although I struggled with my feelings, we weren’t allowed to date.

To read the rest of Frederick's story, see the ideas sharing site Medium


About the American Family Insurance group

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and creative partnerships to address societal challenges. We act on our belief in diversity and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer needs and preferences. American Family Insurance group is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group, ranking No. 232 on the Fortune 500 list. The group sells American Family-brand products, primarily through exclusive agency owners in 19 states. The American Family Insurance group also includes CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance, The General, Homesite and Main Street America. Across these companies the group has more than 13,500 employees nationwide.