Out & Equal's ERG leadership survey
The biennial Out & Equal ERG leadership survey is now open. Be sure all your ERG leaders - both U.S. and abroad - take this survey. The survey should take 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be released in our 2010 State of LGBT ERGs report this fall.
Transgender Intensive, part two
Transgender Intensive, part three
Monthly Trainers' Forum
Moderated by Pat Baillie
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
Happy Pride month! This is a busy time of year for Out & Equal. With so many cities celebrating Pride, there are lots of requests for training to support companies during their Pride celebrations. I get the chance to experience Pride through many eyes as I teach and travel. This month, I attended the UCLA LGBT Leadership course and will teach in Bradenton, FL. and Bethesda, MD. to help celebrate Pride around the country. There are the usual Pride parties, parades, booths and so many people we only see "out" once a year in the community. You would think that I would get tired of the same routine each year. I don't! I was Co-President of Albuquerque Pride for 10 years, and that helped me see how important Pride is in building a community. It is a time when each one of us can be a role model for those who are just discovering that they are LGBT, at any age. It's a lot of work, but I recall a moment that made it all worth while for me. Usually it was the people every year experiencing their first Pride, walking around all day amazed at the diversity and possibilities. They would find the organizers and thank us for putting on this event and then be off to make more connections. Many times, we would see them around the community, each year getting more involved and in many cases turning into leaders.
We have the same opportunity in our workplaces and employee resource groups. I love teaching the history portion of our trainings and talking about Stonewall. I see Pride in the faces of those who hear the stories of Stonewall for the first time or learn that there is a business case for LGBT inclusion. Those attending catch the vision of workplace equality for the first time as they discover support and networks they can join. They see so much more that needs to be done and it dawns on them that they might be able to make a difference. We have to be "out" and be role models for others. As you celebrate Pride this month, take some time and talk about your work and what you have found along the way. Sharing your history along with sharing your Pride! See you out on the streets, but more importantly in the boardrooms!
Federal Perspectives: What we are celebrating this Pride!
Register now for June's Town Call series. LGBT issues seem to be in the news all over the country! We watch the Pride parades roll by and hear LGBT marriage and workplace issues being discussed everywhere. Wonder what is happening on the Federal front? This call will provide an update on some of the key LGBT federal legislations, discuss some of the new state department guidelines on passports if you are transgender, and LGBT immigration issues. The call will also provide some insights into the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and what it could mean to the workplace. June brings the LGBT community into the national focus and this call will help us all be informed on what is happening to us around the country! Please add this month's call to your Pride calendar!
When: June 24, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. Pacific; 1:00 p.m. Mountain; 2:00 p.m. Central; 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Duration: One hour
Where: Live webinar
Course: Transgender Intensive, Part I
We touch on the basic issues around gender identity in Building Bridges and Train the Trainer. Now join Jamison Green, noted author and transgender activist, and Ann Dunkin, ally and ERG Leader, as they take us through a deeper understanding of gender identity. Part I was recorded so you can learn more about concepts, history, terminology and debunking myths and stereotypes. Part II is the heart of the course and covers the business case and policies and procedures for transgender employees. Part III will expand on the basics and look at best practices, trends and provide you with the most current information to ensure "T" inclusion in your workplaces.
When: Available Online
Duration: 75 minutes
Cost: $49.95 regular; $34.95 nonprofit
Course: Transgender Intensive, Part II
10:30 a.m. Pacific; 11:30 a.m. Mountain; 12:30 p.m. Central; 1:30 p.m. EasternDuration:
$49.95 regular; $34.95 nonprofitRegistration: Online
Course:[Out & Equal Advanced Track courses have been submitted to the Society for Human Resources Management's Human Resource Certification Institute and are pending approval for continuing education credits.]
Transgender Intensive, Part III
10:30 a.m. Pacific; 11:30 a.m. Mountain; 12:30 p.m. Central; 1:30 p.m. Eastern
$49.95 regular; $34.95 nonprofitRegistration: Online
News for Out & Equal certified trainers
I hope everyone has had a chance to dust off the LGBT Diversity Leadership slides and use them this month. Many employee resource groups want to have some celebration event each year and it is a great time for some education. There are also several new developments based on federal government rulings. There are new tax guidelines for same sex couples and new passport guidelines for anyone who is transgender. Some of these new guidelines may become best practices that companies can use to advance policies around sexual orientation and gender identity. We will talk about the new passport guidelines during the Trainers' Forum this month. Join in the call and get the latest information!
Trainers' Forum Teleconference
Monday, June 28
10:30 am Pacific
Contact Pat Baillie for more information
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