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June - August 2014

Upcoming Town Calls & Free Webinar
(Calls start at 12pm Pacific and last for one hour except when otherwise noted)
Virtual Workplace Summit Series - check out some of the top workshops from the 2013 Out & Equal Workplace Summit!

Upcoming Classroom Trainings & Conference Events
June 13: Northwest Regional Summit (Seattle)

June 22 - 25
: SHRM Annual Conference, (Orlando) Booth #747

September 3 - 7: Southern Comfort Conference  (Atlanta) - Join the weekend which includes Out & Equal programming and an exhibit booth

Watch for more details about additional Out & Equal online training core courses on the training calendar.

Out & Equal Online Training

We are working on moving the training to the Learning Management System which will provide more interactivity and discussion-based learning. Watch for more details about additional Out & Equal online training core courses on the  training calendar

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

This month, being Pride month, we are hearing a lot of discussion about the longest running US federal bill for LGBT Equality - the Employment Discrimination Act or ENDA. The current bill has been introduced, discussed, tabled, passed by one house, and ignored for years so that today, LGBT employees still do not have federal protections in the workplace. Many people think these rights already exist but there are still 29 states where you can be fired based on your sexual orientation and 33 for your gender identity. Battles have been waged state by state but with midterm elections looming, ENDA has come up for discussion.  

ENDA includes a very broad religious exemption but still has not passed. The exemption includes:
  • A complete exemption for houses of worship, parochial and similar religious schools, and missions
  • A codification of the so-called "ministerial exemption" recognized by many federal courts, exempting positions at religious organizations that involve the teaching or spreading religion, religious governance, or the supervision of individuals engaged in these activities
  • A provision allowing religious organizations, for classes of jobs, to require employees and applicants to conform to a declared set of significant religious tenets, including ones which would bar LGBT people from holding the position
The third provision means that an employer who states that significant tenets exempt hiring LGBT employees is not subject to judicial review and is only applicable in proceedings under ENDA.

There is a discussion growing in the larger community to withdraw the current version of ENDA and introduce a new bill that removes these exemptions. An equally strong voice says we should get ENDA passed and in place and ensure workplace equality. I remember the discussion in 2008 about the inclusion or exclusion of gender identity in ENDA. It was a needed discussion and many groups felt passionately about their side. What I also remember is Congress basically saying to the LGBT community and allies, "go figure out what you want and come back to us when you have decided". This caused yet another series of delays as we worked to ensure full LGBT inclusion. 

We need to add our thoughts and opinions to this discussion and help shape the next few years of workplace equality. The companies who work with Out & Equal are already there and support full inclusion for LGBT employees but there are thousands of other companies who have not started that journey yet and should be getting the best law possible to begin those steps. 

So this Pride, remember to celebrate but remember to add your voice into the issues facing us not only in the US but around the globe!   


Pat Baillie

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Executives Coming Out: The Next Generation

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12 pm Pacific Time, 1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

We have seen many national and global changes on LGBT workplace equality over the last few years since the release of the Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office. What are today's executives and those emerging leaders who hope to become executives facing on the job? How does working with LGBT ERGs or being out in the workplace impact your chances to reach the corner office? Are we seeing culture changes across the sectors and around the world? Join us for this honest look at balancing your career path and bringing your whole self to the office as we hear from those living it today!

Click here to register!
Trainers' Corner
News for Out & Equal Certified Trainers

I have started adding a new exercise when I teach Building Bridges. After I finish up presenting the LGBT Community current history information, I ask participants to pair up and talk about their LGBT history. Why are they in this class, what do they know about the LGBT community, and when were they first aware of the LGBT community?

Taking 5-8 minutes to share with a partner is enlightening. For those of us who are LGBT, it gives us that chance to tell our coming out story. Allies find that they also have a story to share and for many, this is the first time they get to talk about why they are involved. For many who are just starting to be aware of LGBT employees in the workplace, it helps them to identify what they may have been taught in the past or to open up about any fears, stereotypes or questions that they are hesitant to ask. So far, every time I have done this exercise, there has been someone who realizes that they have a place in this discussion and are part of the work we are doing for LGBT equality.  

It goes back to the stories again. So use the facts and details but remember to share who you are and why you do this work!  Pride is a great time to celebrate our accomplishments, get to know each other better, and get recharged for challenges ahead!  Thanks for being part of history!



To learn more and to share your questions/insights, please join us for our next monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar on Mondayday, June 16, at 1:00pm (Pacific Time Zone). Contact Pat Baillie for more information. 
Trainers' Forum


June 16, 1:00pm PDT, 60 min. 


Monthly Trainers' Forum Webinar Moderated by Pat Baillie 

Upcoming dates for Trainers Forums:

July 10 - Trainer's Forum (10:00am Pacific)
Aug 11 - 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