It’s Pride Month: What’s Been Going on With the LGTBQ Community in the Workplace?

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In honor of Pride Month, we’ve compiled five articles on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGTBQ) workplace issues to help workers and HR professionals navigate this topic in their own organizations. Subjects include how LGTBQ millennials view their financial situations versus their straight peers, transgender inclusion in the workplace, legalities surrounding LGTBQ/gender identity in the workplace, how inclusive LGTBQ policies can positively impact a company’s bottom line, and which employers in the U.K. have been recognized for their pro-diversity programs.   

1) LGBTQ Millennials: "American Dream" Tough to Achieve by 40, Survey Reveals 

Millennials are historically distrustful of Wall Street and tend to feel insecure in their financial well-being, and LGTBQ Millennials are even less confident than their straight peers when it comes to feeling optimistic about their long-term financial futures.  

Check out this article by USA Today to uncover survey data that reveals how and why LGTBQ millennials feel less hopeful in this realm than their straight counterparts.  

2) Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Recommended Policies and Practices  

The Human Rights Campaign crafted a list of recommended policies organizations can put in place to foster transgender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The list includes recommended policies, processes, education, compliance, and documentation to consider. 

Explore all the recommended policies and practices put together by the Human Rights Campaign.  

3) Pride Month: LGBT Inclusion at Work  

Although 72 countries around the globe prohibit discrimination in employment because of sexual orientation, the U.S. still has a way to go in regard to these kinds of protections. Want to be at the forefront of inclusion in the workplace? Executive Diversity, Inc. suggests designing a clearly articulated diversity and inclusion statement and making sure to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the chosen language.   

Here are some more tips on how to create an inclusive workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identify, race, ethnicity, and religion.  

4) Catalyst Releases Initial Report on LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace 

In support of its mission to advance women and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Catalyst, the leading nonprofit corporate membership research and advisory organization, released the first in its Making Change series on LGBT employees and the workplace. Attempting to address the fact that LGBT inclusion is a complicated issue, the report strives to initiate dialogue and help organizations take steps to address the concerns of their LGBT employees. 

Check out Catalyst’s findings and suggestions on how to support LGTB employees in their career development.   

5) Stonewall 100: Being LGBT in the Workplace 

The 2018 Stonewall Top 100 Employers List is compiled from Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and is Britain’s leading benchmarking tool for LGBT inclusion in the workplace. The list highlights 100 organizations that have done outstanding work over the past year to ensure every LGBT employee feels accepted. 

Download Stonewall’s full report and read up on how their framework has helped organizations throughout the U.K. inspire people to feel confident to be themselves at work.  

Want to learn more about this topic? Check out our blog post "5 Ways Employers Can Support Diversity and Inclusion."

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