Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression—not to be confused with sexual activity or behavior—are personal characteristics that everyone has. Including LGBTQI employees is a vital component of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy. Successfully recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing LGBTQI employees helps organizations compete effectively for talent, minimize attrition costs, and better access LGBTQI consumer markets.

The LGBTQI community is extremely complex, and it can be difficult to understand its nuances. To gain a better understanding of it, download the non-exhaustive, but thorough LGBTQI Terminology page put together by the LGBT Campus Resource Center at UCLA or check out Catalyst's own Glossary of Terms. To find out how to be an ally to LGBTQI colleagues and for a listing of Catalyst LGBTQI-related resouces, download our flyer

  • Catalyzing
    Coming Out Didn’t Mean Becoming A Different Person

    It was well past midnight after a long, delayed flight to Florida. After having spent eight hours in an overcrowded airport, my partner Janice was about to meet my family for the first time. Worse, I could hardly put her fears to rest because my own nerves were getting the best of me. I’d never...

    October 11, 2013 by Diana Denza

  • Speakers Bureau
    LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

    Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, and Audrey Gallien, Associate, Catalyst, deliver a luncheon keynote, "LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace”, at Metropolitan Hospital Center, as part of a week-long campaign to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning...


    New York, NY

  • Catalyzing
    #WomenCan Spotlight: Kathleen P. Marvel

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. This week, the spotlight is on Kathleen P. Marvel, former Chief Diversity Officer at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Now retired, Kathy...

    June 21, 2013 by Catalyst

  • Catalyzing
    Take Five: LGBT Inclusion in India

    “I’m not a eunuch, I’m a homosexual! It’s not wrong to be a eunuch, and it’s not wrong to be gay!”

    Hearing the lines above in the opening scene of “Bombay Talkies,” a recent film released as a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, brought to mind the frustrating paradox of life for...

    June 19, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

  • Catalyzing
    When It Doesn’t Pay to Wear the Pants

    This month, we’ll be focusing on LGBT issues and workplace inclusivity (“Everyone at the table”). We’re kicking off our coverage with today’s blog post—written by a former Catalyst intern!—which details obstacles faced by butch women in the workplace. As we delve into these important and timely...

    June 4, 2013 by Hannah Winsten

  • Catalyst Event
    Webinar: LGBT Pride Month

    Listen to the recording here.

    In recognition of LGBT Pride month, representatives from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies describe the many ways that GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Employee Network), one of the company’s many successful employee resource groups, has evolved, and its efforts to...

    Date & Time:

    20 June 2013

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

  • Catalyzing
    Double Outsiders

    “He doesn’t like me because I’m a woman,” my friend said recently about her boss. “And he hates me because I’m a lesbian.”

    My friend is a “double outsider”—she battles two sets of stereotypes every day. One is based on gender, the other on sexual orientation.

    Lesbian, gay,...

    June 21, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Transgender in the Workplace

    Some people consider transgender issues provocative or uncomfortable—at Catalyst we consider them squarely in the domain of women and work.

    In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, on June 14, Catalyst hosted a webinar to examine the challenges transgender people face in the workplace. As a group...

    June 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang