Organizations with inclusive cultures are six-times more likely to be innovative, to anticipate change, and to respond effectively, as compared with organizations that lack inclusive cultures. Are you ready to have a meaningful and substantive dialogue about how best to recruit and retain an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) workforce? Whether you’re in the corporate, non-profit, or public sector, LGBTQ diversity and inclusion and legal compliance protocol training will improve the workplace for LGBTQ employees and customers by building awareness and reducing harassment and discrimination claims.

We begin by introducing basic terms and identities and creates a safe space for questions.  It covers the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and expands on the additional types of diverse identities that fall beneath the umbrella categories of LGBTQ.  This course also looks at words or questions that may be considered offensive to someone with an LGBTQ identity or their allies, how to avoid their use, and language that is more inclusive.

Then the focus shifts to developing an understanding and empathy for the experiences and challenges faced by gender diverse and transgender people; a working knowledge of identities and expression; an increased comfort level in communication and appropriate language; and an understanding of available community resources to both support and become better allies to the community.

The last portion of the day includes important information on the responsibilities of management as they relate to their LGBTQ and other employees. Included is education on the transgender community, the federal, state, and municipal laws and ordinances that translate to legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and conversation surrounding restrooms and locker rooms, dress codes, company policy, coworker concerns, and more.

Who Should Attend

Employers, human resources teams, supervisors, and employees seeking to be more informed about how to best employ and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender diverse people


An instructor from The Center on Colfax



0.65 Continuing Education Units
Course ID #LGBT002

Class Details

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