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Join us for these great upcoming learning opportunities:
- The Business Case for Marriage Equality
June 21 - Dr. David Hall, Empowering Allies Tour, Dallas, TX
June 23 - Dr. David Hall Empowering Allies Tour, Atlanta, GA
June 26-29 - Out & Equal Exhibit Booth (#1571) at the annual SHRM Conference, Las Vegas (stop by, drop a card for a chance to win an Out & Equal Summit Registration package)
June 28 - Panel presentation at Sacremento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
July 26 - Dr. David Hall Ally Empowerment Tour, Houston, TX
July 28 - Dr. David Hall Ally Empowerment Tour Chicago, IL
August 25 - Dr. David Hall Ally Empowerment Tour Los Angeles, CA
Oct 25-28 - Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Dallas, TX; click to register:
*All courses will be recorded and available on demand after the class date Targeted and Privileged 2 part series at 11:30am Pacific
with Laurie Lippon and Stephanie Fuentes
July 5 - Targeted & Privileged (Part I)
July 12 - Targeted & Privileged (Part II)
Out & Equal University webinars sponsored by:
June 21, 3:00pm (Pacific)
Monthly Trainers' Forum
Moderated by Pat Baillie
Trainer's Forum Archives
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development
June has traditionally been a busy month for me. Prior to coming to Out & Equal, when I worked as a government contractor, I also served as Co-President of Albuquerque Pride for 11 years. We grew from 1,000 attendees to over 12,000 during my tenure and brought together all of the parts of the community in a county fair atmosphere. Very different than San Francisco, but very appropriate for that part of the world. I saw each year how important it is to be out and provide a place for LGBT people and allies to find the rest of the community.
Now you and I get to be a part of that every day as we work in our ERGs and on LGBT workplace equality issues!
June this year is also a bittersweet time with the reality of AIDS, -as we mark its 30th anniversary. Much of who I am today was shaped by those times and many of my mentorsnever got the chance to see the impact of their early teachings about passion and making a difference.In my career in the military, even though very few people knew I was a lesbian, I found that the men who went through Korea and Vietnam could understood the level of loss when so many of your peers had died.
Sometimes I imagine a world where the LGBT leaders of those days would still be here and try to think about what LGBT equality would look like with their contributions. Who knows, we might already have full equality in all our lives. But the reality is, full equality is not here. I know the seeds that were planted in me keep me working, educating and leading where I can.Who do you carry with you that brought those dreams to you? Let's remember to say thank you for what we do today and for those who have inspired us
News for Out & Equal certified trainers
Out & Equal is working on expanding international LGBT work outside the United States. We have been doing Town Calls with India and China and there are several groups in Europe forming that focus on workplace equality. We are also beginning to see business forums on an international stage that are addressing the issues, rights and benefits of LGBT employees around the world. Gaining global LGBT cultural competency will be the next step we will be asked to address as trainers.
Some of the challenges we face include learning how we translate the concepts of birth sex, gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation in other languages. And that there are many ways to be LGBT. Some countries are now adding a third sex to passports which is not even on the radar in the US. Just because the words may not exist in a language now, how do we begin the discussion and frame the next steps in training? We will be asked to explain and encourage the next frontiers. Sharing our cultural experiences of being LGBT and allies in the workplace and in our families can help bridge our understandings. Take time to share your story as well as your facts!
Join us to discuss these topics at the monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar on June 21 at 9:00am (Pacific Time Zone) Contact Pat Baillie for more information
Featured Webinar Archive
Visit our Out & Equal University Webinar Archive and take a class. Featured this month is:
Transgender Intensive - this highly informative 3 part series is taught by experts Jamison Green & Ann Dunkin. The course breaks down barriers between transgender and non-transgender people, provides essential information for human resources professionals who work with employees in transition, and encourages participants to reflect on how their gender roles in society affect their own experiences in the workplace. The training helps participants gain a better understanding of the unique concerns of transgender employees, best practices on transitioning in the workplace, information on addressing benefit and health care issues and how to support inclusion of gender identity/gender expression in federal non-discrimination legislation and in the workplace.
Register below to take the class in an at-your-own-pace webinar format (if you'd prefer to pay by check, please contact Pat Baillie):
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Out & Equal is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful-so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.