Are you an employer struggling to understand gender identity and orientation issues in the workplace?
Well, you’re not alone. Many companies may find it challenging to have substantial corporate policies tackling these important issues. Sometimes, the conversations can just be plain old awkward but they don’t have to be! Honesty and authenticity go a long way in facilitating these courageous conversations. Check out the first Rainbow Optimist Club in the world, which addresses the marginalization of rural LGBT2Q+ individuals, and areas for change to support all.
(The Genderbread Person – A convenient, though somewhat controversial, infographic explaining the differences in sex and gender identity).
Today, a group of like-minded professionals in the employment sector had the opportunity to share ideas about equity and inclusion in the workforce, particularly surrounding LGBT2Q+ identity and representation. There were many excellent pointers from our region’s very own pioneer for gay rights, Martin Withenshaw, of the Local Economic Planning Council (LEPC). Thank you for the informative and insightful presentation and to all who shared their ideas around the table at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.
There are a growing number of resources around these issues and politics, which will only increase with time. These are the issues of the future. Get a head start now. Give us a shout at the LEHC and we can help to make appropriate referrals and provide information and insight in establishing safer and more positive and productive spaces. It can be as simple as displaying a pride flag in your offices, or making sure to address groups without using words like “guys,” and switching instead to something like “folks,” or “people,” or “everyone.”