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July 2012

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2012 Workplace Summit
2012 LGBT Global Summit
Looking for a New Job?
July Town Call
Bravo TV Star Visits Out & Equal Houston
What's Happening Locally?
Get Your Story Out! Submit Your Video & Enter to Win
What's Hot on Out & Equal's Blog!
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2012 Workplace Summit
Oct 29 - Nov 1
Baltimore, Maryland

Thank you to our early 2012 Workplace Summit sponsors!


Ernst & Young

Marsh & McLennan
Northrop Grumman
The Advocate
Wells Fargo
Bank of America
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan
Johnson & Johnson
Lockheed Martin
Morgan Stanley
National Grid
The Walt Disney Company
Thomson Reuters




Best Buy
Booz Allen Hamilton

CH2M Hill
Deutsche Bank
Eli Lilly and Company

General Dynamics
Hilton Worldwide
New York Life
Publicis Groupe
Rockwell Collins
SC Johnson
Sears Holdings

State Farm
TD Bank
Texas Instruments
The Hartford

United Technologies
Central Intelligence Agency



Essi Systems



To become a sponsor partner, click here.


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Looking Forward to Baltimore!
2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit
The 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, October 29 - November 1. Registration and housing for the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit is now open! 


A three-day Summit registration includes:

  • Entrance to the Welcome Reception
  • Six workshops, with approximately 20 workshop options per session
  • Two plenaries, with meals (one breakfast, one lunch)
  • Access to the Night Out! Networking events
  • One ticket to the Gala Awards Plenary Reception and Dinner

(Please note: Networking Luncheons, Breakfasts and the Leadership Seminars are not included with a three-day registration.)   


View the 2012 Registration Rates. 

View the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit schedule.   


Register now  



Show your support for workplace equality! 2012 Summit sponsorships now available. Sponsorships for the 2012 Workplace Summit in Baltimore are currently available at all levels. Join more than 90 corporate, government and small business partners who will be celebrating workplace equality as Summit sponsors.


We have sponsor packages and items for purchase that will accommodate any size budget. Nearly 95 percent of our Summit sponsors return the following year.

Please review our 2012 Sponsor Benefits Catalog for detailed information about sponsor levels, benefit opportunities and a Business Case for supporting the Summit and the work of Out & Equal.


New for 2012 is a special sponsor level for small business owners.

Contact Dave Bueché at dbueche@outandequal.org or (415) 694-6510.


Extended Hours Announced for Exhibition Hall

Exhibitors at the always popular 2012 Workplace Summit Exhibition Hall will be delighted to learn that the Hall will be open all 3 days of the Summit. The grand opening will be Tuesday, October 30, at noon and continue until 6 pm. Wednesday hours will be 9 am to 6 pm, and Thursday hours will be 9 am to 3:30 pm. Most sponsorships include booth space. If you are not a sponsor and would like to purchase a booth, please contact Dave Bueché at dbueche@outandequal.org or (415) 694-6510.


Donate to Out & Equal
Through Combined Federal Campaign

Out & Equal was notified last month that the organization has been accepted to participate in the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars. Donations made by federal civilian, postal and military employees during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th each year) support eligible nonprofit organizations, like Out & Equal, that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. It is the only authorized solicitation of federal and military employees on behalf of charitable organizations.


How can you make a difference?
Please support Out & Equal by pledging for organization number
19141 during open enrollment this year!

London? It Was Great! 
Hundreds Gather at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit  
Martina Harry Board
Out & Equal Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry, with Martina Navratilova and Out & Equal Board Members  
Over 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) global executives, leaders and allies gathered in London earlier this month to plan strategies to advance global workplace equality at Out & Equal's 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit.

The conference brought together global executives and leaders from more than 26 countries, representing more than 80 different corporations, organizations and government agencies, to share their best practices and ideas for creating workplaces where LGBT people are safe, accepted, and valued. Held in London's Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, the Summit offered rich learning opportunities for participants in four general sessions, two dozen workshops and a Gala dinner.

Out & Equal would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, friends, attendees, speakers and presenters for helping make this event so successful!

Read more about the event in the Press section of the website. 

View photos: 
  Day one, July 5
  Day two, July 6
  Gala Dinner

View speaker videos:  
  Vladi Luxuria, Former Member of Parliament, Italy 
  Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman, IBM Europe 
  Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director, Out & Equal 
Please "like" our Facebook page to view more videos as they are uploaded to our YouTube channel.


Out & Equal's LGBTCareerLink
Looking for a New Job?

Through Out & Equal's LGBTCareerLink, corporations are actively recruiting LGBT employees. See who they are today-over 10,000 jobs posted each month!


Job Search Advice for LGBT Job Seekers 
Finding the right job or company is a challenge in itself, but for the LGBT job seeker, there are some specific concerns or needs to consider. Read this article by Julie Beach, Out & Equal Associate Director of Career Services and Information Technology, and Kirk Snyder, author of Lavender Road to Success, recently published on glassdoor.com.


Receive monthly CareerTalk E-newsletter!
Career-boosting news with the LGBT top-of-mind. Email jbeach@outandequal.org to sign up!  

Become a Sponsor 

Find out how easy it is for your company to recruit LGBT employees right now.



July Town Call - Free!
What Do You Need to Know? Current LGBT Research Efforts 

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12 pm Pacific Time 
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

Metrics are the key to business success. Whether it is market shares or research, the numbers give us an indicator of where we are now and what impact the work we do with LGBT Workplace equality has on such things as engagement, best practices and developing trends. Join our Out & Equal Town Call in July to discuss two key resources that can be used to build your business case. Join us as we discuss the impact and scope of the LGBT research being done by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). These researchers are examining many different topics related to the LGBT community including the recent study that was featured in the Out & Equal Training Monthly Newsletter on the effects of myths and stereotypes on the relationships and perceptions of other employees. 


In the second half of the call, we will be looking at an update from the LGBT Voluntary Self Identification Community of Practice (CoP) and what advances have been made since the original report was issued in 2009. An update survey on what companies are doing is currently underway and the CoP will report on the early data that has come in.  You can participate in this survey here. We will also discuss the need for Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and Human Resources professionals (HR) to present evidence based materials to management to make a change in the climate and workplace for LGBT employees!   


Click here to register!

Out & Equal Houston welcomes Bravo star
Bravo TV reality star, Madison Hildebrand (Million Dollar Listing) stops by the Out & Equal Houston Cool Down Lounge at Houston Pride!
Upcoming Local Events!


Dallas Ft. Worth  

August 9: One Night Down Under, Out & Equal Dallas' signature event. Sample a variety of wines, assorted cheeses and other appetizers while enjoying special music, prize drawings and a live auction of airline tickets provided by American Airlines. Click here for more information. 



July 31: Networking Social presented by My Gay Houston and
Out & Equal Houston at Sorrel Urban Bistro
August 3
: First Friday Social - enjoy drinks, great BBQ and veggie cuisine. Learn more here.
August 15: "Respectful Dialogues:  Across Generations" G&A Partners. 11:15AM - 1:00 PM | Crowne Plaza Hotel (downtown)
September 7: First Friday Social
September 27: Healthy, Wealthy and LGBT - financial planning, taxes and benefits for LGBT individuals and families. Check our Facebook page in August for registration details!



August 14: Q3 Meeting - Join us to hear about the Global LGBT Workplace Summit held in London, and the upcoming 2012
Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.


New York Fingerlakes

August 9: 2nd Thursday Networking Event - visit Groupsite for event information.

August 21: Employee Resource Group Leadership Roundtable - a regular forum to promote formation of and support for ERGs in the workplace. Learn more on Groupsite 



August: Pinknic! Stay tuned via Facebook for event information


Tampa Bay

Aug 10: Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary's
Aug 20: Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary's
Nov 8: Transgender Educational Event at Metro Wellness Center

Don't see an event in your area? Double check our calendar to stay up to date.

Find out how you can start a Regional Affiliate in your area!
Get Your Story Out
Submit Your Story!
Enter to Win Registration to the Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Submit a video for the Get Your Story Out site and you'll be entered to win registration for one at the
(valued at $1150).

Deadline to submit is July 30.

At Out & Equal, we know that the telling of one's personal story is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate, make personal connections, and create change. And, we know that coming out, and being out, as LGBT in the workplace can be daunting, and that everyone has a different experience.   


We invite you to submit a video to the Get Your Story Out  project-and just by doing so, you will be entered to win registration for one for the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit (This year's Workplace Summit takes place in Baltimore, Oct 29-Nov 1). All video submissions will be entered into a pool, and a winner will be chosen randomly.

Read more about how to submit your video here.


What's hot on the blog? 


Global LGBT Workplace Summit
Read this recap of day one written by Stanley Ellicott, Communications Project Manager

Where in the World is Director of Training, Pat Baillie? 
Out & Equal Director of Training Pat Baillie has been contributing to the Out & Equal blog while she is on the road for a month, traveling and training. Here are some of the highlights:

SHRM Conference in Atlanta