In the past several years a lot more attention has been paid to LGBT workplace concerns: for example, being fired for being (or perceived to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, transitioning from one gender to another at work, the “pink ceiling”–that which prevents LGBT people from moving up in their careers.
A lot of questions arise when we talk about LGBT workplace issues. How do we identify LGBT employees while ensuring privacy, especially for those who are not open about sexuality or gender identity? What are the legal obligations an employer has to its employees whether or not they are LGBT? What is an organization’s overall responsibility to a particular community?
The following information may be helpful to you if you are (1) an employer with questions about how to make your workplace more inclusive of LGBT employees, if you are (2) an employee seeking ways to support LGBT co-workers, or if you are (3) LGBT or questioning your sexuality or gender identity and how that might affect you in the workplace.
LGBT Workplace Quotes
“Many Americans do not understand that in the majority of states, employers can legally fire a high-performing worker simply because that worker is LGBT.” (from The Momentum Report, August 2011)
“Transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails, and ID documents.” (from Injustice at Every Turn press release, February 03, 2011)
“Inclusive workpalce environemts for LGBT employees are crucial for career progression and bottom line” (from The Power of “Out” press release, June 21st, 2011)
“Significant numbers of LGBT employees continue to experience a negative workplace climate that appears unaffected by organizational policies” (from Degrees of Equality introduction, September 2009)
LGBT Workplace-related Reports
Organizations Local and National
LGBT Workplace Library
Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment by Dr. David M. Hall, 2009
American Heroes: Coming Out from Behind the Badge ed. Greg Miraglia, 2010
Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Workplace Right by Nicole C. Raeburn, 2004
The G Quotient: Why Gay Executives are Excelling as Leaders… And What Every Manager Needs to Know by Kirk Snyder, 2006
Gay Men Straight Jobs by Dan Woog, 2001
The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity by Andrés T. Tapia, 2009
Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality by Kristen Schilt, 2011
Making HERstory: Womyn Working It Out! by Denalerie Johnson-Faniel PhD, 2011
Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Derald Wing Sue, 2010
The Pink Ceiling: Lessons in Organizational Diversity by Todd Arwood, 2007
Transgender Workplace Diversity by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss, 2007