Diversity Guides

Brian McNaught's Gay & Transgender Issues in the Workplace Blog

Archive for March, 2009

Barack, Barney, Antonin & Valuing Diversity

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

President Barack Obama is, I believe, our nation’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Like his counterparts in the corporate world, he seems to firmly believe in creating an environment in which all citizens feel safe and valued. It’s too bad that he doesn’t have as much leeway as his corporate counterparts in disciplining citizens who create hostile working and living conditions for others. At the very least, he ought to be able to mandate their attendance at a diversity class in which they would understand the impact of their behavior on others and how it undermines the nation’s values. Read more…

Three Questions

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

At a meeting this week in Atlanta of former Surgeon General David Satcher’s Advisory Board on matters of national sexual health, our very diverse group was asked to brainstorm on five or more things we believe will happen in the next 50 years that would influence how we strategize to meet our goals. I suggested: Read more…

A Team of Heroes

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

My shoes are off and I’m on my back on my hotel room sofa recharging my battery after a long, challenging day with 19 employees, divided evenly between gay and straight, who have completed the first day of intense training to educate their colleagues on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workplace issues. My guess is that these courageous volunteers are either still at the office or at home wearily making dinner for their families.

Many of these members of Merck’s Employee Resource Group GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Employees and Allies at Merck) spend 10 hours at work on an average day but have committed themselves to the enormous demands and personal challenges of a "Train the Trainer" session because they want to help make sure their workplace feels safe for everyone. Read more…

A Tale of Two Uncles

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

"Tell me how you became an ally?" I asked in advance of helping a straight woman effectively speak on our behalf in the workplace. She eloquently wrote a powerful tale of her two gay uncles and the very different reactions they got from her family. Read more…