This month has been a momentous one for the LGBTQ+ community. In a watershed decision, the Supreme Court ruled that an existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This victory is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done in the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for equality.
In a post earlier this month, we identified some small yet impactful ways employers can acknowledge and overcome existing issues like microaggressions, misuse of gender identity terms and creating inclusive environments for trans employees.
As your organization works to have more open conversations around these topics, better support queer employees and otherwise empower your workforce, consider consulting our playlist of materials for a variety of different circumstances, available via Cornerstone Cares, a free website of timely online learning content, and TED.
1) Identify Bias—and Start the Conversation with Colleagues
In order to effectively enact change and inspire action in the workplace, it’s important to first identify existing biases. By educating employees on what bias-driven behaviors look like, companies can help staff learn to avoid them—and then teach others to do the same.
To learn how to pinpoint bias, listen to:
Then, to develop strategies to stop instances of bias before they happen, listen to:
And finally, to get better at discussing bias in the workplace and begin using these conversations to drive change, explore:
These courses offer small but impactful steps that managers and workers can take to make their workplace a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ (and all other) employees.
2) Critical Context
For understanding the state of LGBTQ+ conversations around the world and the history of the gay rights movement, listen to:
This TED Talk provides a snapshot of what the LGBTQ+ community deals with globally, in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and South America. Acknowledging that their experience in San Francisco is not the same as what individuals face around the world, Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols share stories of resilience and courage.
3) Special Focus on the Transgender Community
Too often, transgender employees are left out of conversations about workplace equality. For advice on effectively communicating with this marginalized community, listen to:
This honest and thoughtful TED Talk offers recommendations for having respectful, meaningful discussions that prioritize listening and empathizing with their unique experiences. Jackson Bird also clears up misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and other elements of transgender life.
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