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Archive for December, 2007

“Should I, and how do I, come out at work?”

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

The question in the e-mail that arrived over the holiday weekend is not different than the one that has been asked for many, many years. The answer has changed, however, due to the long, hard work all of us have put into creating a world in which everyone feels valued. Read more…

Does the Workplace Feel Safe?

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

A multi-national corporation has recently commissioned a study on creating a safe and productive corporate culture for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Aware that policies do not create a welcoming work environment, the company seeks to have an instrument to measure the comfort of the environment and a strategy for improving working conditions. It’s a noble endeavor but, in my opinion, not a great use of it resources.

I’m not a social scientist, but it seems to me that there is no reliable means of measuring whether a workplace environment feels safe and welcoming to its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees except through anecdotal reporting. Read more…

When Personal Moral Values Conflict with Gay Rights at Work

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

One of the most commonly asked questions I get in my work as a corporate trainer on gay and transgender issues is, "How do I help myself or others reconcile personal moral values with the company’s support of gay issues?"

Here’s how I respond: There is an important difference between our beliefs and our behaviors. Read more…

What’s Facing Gay & Transgender ERGs

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

The formidable task facing corporations globally is bridging the enormous gap between their policies and their business cultures. The formidable tasks facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are discerning what value they bring to the table, and creating safe space for their colleagues working in unwelcoming areas of the world. Read more…