Corporations are leading the way in creating policies and programs that ensure equality for LGBTQ+ people. But research shows that roughly half of LGBTQ+ adults still remain closeted at work. The problem is often in workplace culture, and the solution lies in supportive allies becoming more visible and engaged. In this session, participants will find out why this issue is relevant at work, whether LGBTQ+ or not. They’ll learn the ways to reframe who allies are, the power they have to create change. We’ll also provide space to honestly discuss the barriers that allies face in expressing support in the workplace. Finally, participants will get new strategies and tools needed to help allies break through the barriers and be part of creating real inclusion.
Review the LGBTQ+ basics including a brief history of PFLAG, the creation of the Straight for Equality program and terminology
Characterize who allies are, understand their journey to becoming visible and vocal, and set basic expectations for ally behavior in the workplace
Make the business and marketplace case for why LGBTQ+ inclusion is a relevant issue for all companies by examining current research illustrating the progress – and challenges – that people who are LGBTQ+ experience
Identify and discuss the individual barriers that allies face that may create roadblocks to demonstrating their support – and being visible and vocal allies – for their colleagues who identify as LGBTQ+
Discuss concrete, straightforward ideas about how to overcome barriers, express support, and change the places that we work