Training e-Newsletter
December 2010
December Town Call
Upcoming trainings
Trainers' Corner
Ready for Action?

The clock is ticking for any possible LGBT equality bills to pass this year.  Immigration, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and  Domestic Partner Benefits for Federal Employees are happening on the federal level.  Proposition 8 hearings are happening in California and globally we are recognizing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace.  Check us out on Facebook to keep up.

Upcoming Classroom Training

Visit the Out & Equal Training page for more event and registration information.


Courses for 2011 will be posted soon on our Training Calendar page.  Talk to your Regional Affiliate about bringing Out & Equal training to your area.  Courses available are Building Bridges, Train the Trainer, Transgender Intensive and Allies at Work.

Upcoming Online Training (Out & Equal University)

Visit the Out & Equal Training page for more event and registration information.

January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 (5 Part Series)

Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment

2010 Out & Equal University courses are available via recordings on the Training Archive page.  Sign up now to take these courses.  

Trainers' Forum

December 22
Monthly Trainers' Forum

Moderated by Pat Baillie

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Monthly insights

Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
What's one of your memories of the holidays when you were growing up?This is a great opener around the holiday season to look at our own diversity.We work together all year as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LGBTA) communities but when we start talking to each other about our lives, we find out there are many differences between us.How we celebrated our holidays then and now are ways to open up those doors of discussion even within our Employee Resource Groups.

There are so many celebrations during this time of year - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Solstice, Las Posadas or choosing not to celebrate any holiday festivities are all part of who we are.For the Northern Hemisphere, the winter gives us lots of reason to look inward and hope we will make it to through to the warm days of summer.While we wait, most traditions have you looking back at the last year and ahead to what the next will bring.

The last year has not been all the LGBTA community expected or wanted.It would be great if we could get at least one federal bill wrapped up by the end of the year but if not, we still are making progress and need to celebrate the progress we have made.Federal policies have changed, reports have been submitted, court challenges abound and other countries have moved toward full acceptance.The slow progress of changing perceptions and lives for LGBT employees take time but I know I am resolving to keep on pushing - next year and beyond. 

Enjoythe season and get ready for more from Out & Equal in 2011,



Pat Baillie
Town Call

                              HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

As 2010 comes to end, we will use our December Town Call to focus on HIV/AIDS in the workplace in honor of World AIDS Day.  This town call will look at the newly published "Recommendations concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work" published by the International Labour Office.  This document calls for respect for the fundamental human rights of all workers and addresses the global perspective of HIV/AIDS.  The call will also contain perspectives from corporations who are involved in creating a workplace that is free from stigma and discrimination and supporting the larger community impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Join us as we identify some of the guidelines and best practices from a global perspective!


When: December 16, 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
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here
Upcoming trainings

Out & Equal University Webinars hosted by: Pearson's logo 100x36

5 part Ally Development series hosted by David Hall, author of "Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment "


Schedule & topics -

All webinars will be on Wednesdays at 12:30pm Pacific

  •      Jan 12 - Session I - Come Out, Come Out: Heterosexual Privilege and Workplace Culture
  •      Jan 26 - Session II - Uncovering Diversity: Connecting LGBT Across Corporate Diversity Initiatives
  •      Feb 9 - Session III - About that T: Assessing and Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace Culture (co-facilitated with Eli Green)
  •      Feb 23 - Session IV - I Love You, May It Please the Court: Allies and Marriage Equality
  •      Mar 9 - Session V - Allies Changing Corporate Culture

Webinar Information:

Duration: Five 75 minute webinars (if you can't make a live webinar, the recorded sessions will be available)
Where: Online with teleconference
Series Cost: $99.95 regular; $84.95 government/nonprofit/groups of 5 or more. Click here to register.

David's book will also be available at a special webinar discount of $15!


Classroom trainings

Watch for our 2011 schedule here.

[Out & Equal courses are usually submitted to the Society for Human Resources Management's Human Resource Certification Institute.  Check to see if you can received continuing education credits for your participation.]
Trainers' corner

News for Out & Equal certified trainers

When we get ready to do a training, we make sure we look at all the logistics for the course.  Room, invitations, seating arrangement and even refreshments for participants.  How do we handle the logistics of the course?  Have we reviewed our objectives and made sure they:

  1. Define what the participant must do (behavior: explain, discuss)
  2. Determine how well they do it (how often: 90% of the time)
  3.  List conditions (Tools/resources: using LGBT terminology)
  4. Establish clear objectives like: Given the chance to talk to senior management, participant will be able to discuss LGBT employee needs using correct terminology

Once you've set objectives for the training, be sure to create an outline to assist you in staying on task. Give some thought to the sequence you want to use to present the material.Some people prefer to go from simple to complex theories, while others prefer to present the material in a more chronological format. Thinking through these steps can help you decide on what kind of training is needed (classroom vs online) and how best to convey the material (lecture vs discussion). Keep in mind, adult learners have a finite amount of time to spend in your training and respond better to interactive and relevant training materials. Remember WIIFM (What's In It For Me)!

These design steps can build quality into your program and help you when you start into development.  The objectives and outline can provide a guide for what should be included or what might be material for another course. With these training logistics, you are well on your way to creating a course where everyone gains!

In honor of World AIDS Day, this month's Trainer's Forum will focus on a discussion on what is happening in your workplace around HIV/AIDS and a presentation on the HIV/AIDS global resources.

Trainers' Forum Teleconference
Wednesday, December 22
2:00pm Pacific

Contact Pat Baillie for more information

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and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and
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