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LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Professional: Awareness, Etiquette and Best Practices
LVCC N258-260
Monday 06/24/2019 07:15 AM - 08:15 AM Add to calendar
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Relationship Management | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Learn proactive and responsive strategies for workplace scenarios involving LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, other) employees. 

Efforts have been made in recent years to advance equality for gender and sexual minorities, but there are still many instances where LGBTQ+ people find themselves excluded, unwelcome and uncomfortable in the workplace. According to the Human Rights Campaign, an average of 50 percent of employees report hiding their sexual orientation at work due to hostility, prejudice, discrimination and mistreatment. This interactive session helps attendees develop a greater understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Explore and discuss specific HR scenarios that involve LGBTQ+ workers, and learn to develop strategies to create more welcoming and inclusive workplaces.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become more familiar with LGBTQ+-inclusive terminology and language, including appropriate pronoun usage.
  • Learn the differences in the dimensions of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  • Hear statistical data on LGBTQ+ workers and workplace trends.
  • Develop effective ways to address questions and issues involving LGBTQ+ workers.
Tara B. Taylor Photo
Tara B. Taylor, Education and Outreach director ,
Maryland Commission on Civil Right