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April 2014 - June 2014

Deadline for 2014 Summit Workshop Submission - April 11 - For more information go here. Ready to submit a proposal? Click here

Upcoming Town Calls 
(Calls start at 12pm Pacific and last for one hour except when otherwise noted)
Virtual Summit Series - check out some of the top workshops from the 2013 Summit!
Apr 24 - Implementing and Leveraging Self-identification as a Method for Driving Change  - Join us to explore the power that LGBT self-ID, aka self-declaration (pick your country), can have as a method for driving change. With leading practice examples from both sides of the Atlantic, we will provide insights into the impact and benefits that LGBT self-declaration can have, along with the practical approaches to and challenges of introducing LGBT self-declaration in the current US and UK climates.  Bring your challenges for an interactive discussion about breaking down barriers while growing your understanding about the legal and human resources tips for implementing and leveraging the information you've collected.

May 29 - Global Perspectives (details available soon)

Jun 26 - Executive Perspectives (details available soon)

Classroom Trainings/Events


May 15-17 - SIOP - research presentation  workshop  

Based on Dr. David Hall's book "Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment, " this course proves the steps to move from being aware to being an ally to  advocating for LGBT workplace equality. This is a hybrid course using webinar archives, and live weekly webinar check-in calls and providing exercises and knowledge checks to complete the course.

Out & Equal Online Training

With the launch of our Learning Management System, we are working on creating blended courses that include not only live webinar meetings, but also course work on our LMS, Out & Equal University. We will be revising our core courses this year - Building Bridges, Train the Trainer, Developing Allies, Dialogues on Gender Identity and ERG/BRG Development - and will post when those courses are available.   

If you would like to take these or any of our other  archived webinar courses go to here to sign up.  

Want to sponsor the 2014 Out & Equal online live courses or our Learning Management System (LMS)? Contact us for details!

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Monthly Insights
Thoughts from Pat Baillie, Director of Training & Professional Development

I recently went through that 10 year process of getting a new passport. It is fun for me to go back and review the places I have been over the last 10 years. Having the opportunity to travel around the world is something that I love to do. More and more, as I looked at my passport for the last 3-4 years, I see a convergence of not just vacation travel but also global work on LGBT issues. Costa Rica, the UK, Canada, Scotland, Ireland and Germany have all ended up in my passport as part of my job as Director of Training at Out & Equal. In the coming year, those opportunities are continuing to grow and travel throughout the EU and Asia are in my future. I am excited to move from a national perspective on LGBT workplace equality to a global understanding and willingness to learn how, as LGBT people, we find our way as we live our lives and find work that meets our passions.  

It is also a reminder that as a cisgender lesbian, travel around the world is becoming more and more normative. That is not so true for transgender employees. In the US, the ability to change your gender marker if you are transitioning is now a reality. All you need is a letter from your doctor that you are transitioning. You can learn all about the guidelines in the US here.
But what if you are gender-queer (this is a catch-all category for gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity). Globally, the discussion has expanded to include intersex as well as transgender. Australia was the first to create a third category sex, "X" in 2003 for intersex, and expanded that to include transgender in 2011. In 2005, India added a third sex designator for their passports (M, F or E - Male, Female, Eunuch). Nepal created "other" in 2007. New Zealand added "X" in 2012. Even Pakistan and Thailand are discussing their "third gender" communities and moving toward a more inclusive society.

As we begin to visualize a global LGBT workforce, this is just one of the areas we will need to research, support change and speak up on about to ensure that all of us can have equal access to the workplace! 


Pat Baillie

Trainers' Corner 

News for Out & Equal Certified Trainers

Let's talk about the ways to check the knowledge that someone attending your training has gained.
  1. Providing general discussion time and letting a class provides answers as you review the materials (say, during the summary) - this is an easy way to engage the group, but might not provide a clear picture if everyone understands or if they are hesitating to ask questions because everyone else seems to know the answer already.
  2. A written test, traditionally given at the end of a course.  You can also do a pre-test and post-test to check what they have learned in the course. This is usually limited to multiple-choice, true or false, or matching type of questions; it doesn't really provide a chance to expand understanding, but does provide a fact check that everyone participates in and can be evaluated objectively.
  3. Written answers to questions either as a final test or a blog where directed questions are provided. The advantage of a blog is that there can be more questions or discussion back and forth.
All of these provide the instructor with some insights on how effective the training has been and where the course needs to be strengthened if there are misunderstandings. I also propose that there is one more test we should be looking at. How does the course change the attendee's awareness and actions? What are they doing with the knowledge six months later? The process of education starts in the classroom, but unless we are changing the way people think and act, we need to go back to the drawing board and check our training goals and objectives.


To learn more and to share your questions/insights, please join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar on Monday, April 14, at 1:00pm (Pacific Time Zone). Contact Pat Baillie for more information. 
Trainers' Forum


Monday, April 14
, 1:00pm PST, 60 min. 


Monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar Moderated by Pat Baillie 

Upcoming dates for Trainers Forums:

May 8 - Trainer's Forum (10am Pacific)
June 16 - Trainer's Forum (1:00pm Pacific)

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Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world's leading organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality and inclusion. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Out & Equal mobilizes tens of thousands of employees, managers and executives via a network of regional affiliates and the world's largest Employee Resource Group Registry. Through LGBTCareerLink, an online job search and career development service, Out & Equal serves diversity-friendly employers and LGBT job seekers. Through trainings and webinars, Out & Equal educates diversity friendly employers on both the basics and best practices in the field. Out & Equal is best known for the hallmark annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit that convenes over 2,000 LGBT, HR and diversity professionals to advance this movement. The 16th anniversary Workplace Summit will be held in San Francisco from November 3-6, 2014. More information is available online at