Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees have made tremendous progress both inside and outside of the workplace –positive visibility for LGBT people is unprecedented. However, about 50% of LGBT people remain closeted to some degree at work. Even worse, research on workplace climate indicates that policies have not created the culture change that enables LGBT people to bring their whole selves to work.
Culture change happens only when a critical mass participates in the change. In the case of LGBT inclusion, this critical mass is found in straight allies. In this engaging session participants will be led into a discussion that will help engage straight allies in a total transformation process.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Employ effective ways to increase inclusion for LGBT people
- Approach LGBT inclusion through inviting, educating, and engaging straight allies at work
- Guide potential straight allies in their own “coming out” process on the way to being supportive of LGBT colleagues
- Help straight allies resolve their own conflicts around this topic and in finding workplace-appropriate ways to express support
- Align this effort with your larger diversity and inclusion efforts
About the presenters:
Jean-Marie Navetta is the Director of Equality Partnerships for PFLAG National. In her position, she heads up the organization's Straight for Equality campaign which aims to involve more straight allies in efforts to achieve equality for all.
Robby Gregg is the Associate Director of Equality & Diversity Partnerships at PFLAG. In this new role, Robby develops, and grows PFLAG’s external relationships with corporate allies and help better position PFLAG National as a top-tier provider of services and support for workplace diversity and inclusion efforts.