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

  • Practice
    BP p.l.c.—Global Path to Diversity and Inclusion

    BP has developed a strategy that will enable its success in the 21st century global marketplace. That strategy leverages existing diversity—exemplified by gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, sexual orientation and identity, religion, and tribe, among other things—while preparing...

    Date: January 11, 2006
    Region: Global
  • Catalyzing
    Journey to Authenticity: Being a LGBT Ally, Yet Feeling Like a Fraud

    I’ve always considered myself to be an open person, particularly as it relates to being an ally to the LGBT community, although it was always from afar. I attribute the distance of my support to growing up and living in a very conservative community where almost all of us went to the same church,...

    July 6, 2016 by Anonymous

  • Catalyst Event
    LGBTA Inclusion in the Workplace

    Catalyst invites you to join David Lau, Senior Associate, Catalyst Canada, at a supporter roundtable session to learn about and discuss organizational strategies for workplace inclusion around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) employees. Attendees will learn from other...

    Date & Time:
    30 June 2016
    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET
    Toronto, Canada
  • Catalyst Event
    The Cost of LGBT Discrimination to Business: Toronto

    The benefits of employees bringing their whole self to work are many and well-studied—more satisfied and loyal employees, stronger and more inclusive work cultures, more innovative teams and game-changing decision making, to name a few. Yet discrimination toward many minority groups persists. In...

    Date & Time:
    31 May 2016
    5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
    Toronto, Canada
  • Catalyst Event
    Webinar: Creating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Workplaces

    Creating and maintaining LGBT-inclusive workplaces takes effort and commitment from both organizations and individuals. In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, this webinar will highlight common barriers to LGBT workers’ advancement and demonstrate how inclusive leadership can benefit both organizations and individuals.

    This webinar will be most helpful to people who want to increase the engagement of LGBT employees by creating a workplace where both uniqueness and belongingness are valued.

    Date & Time:
    16 June 2016
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. UTC
  • Catalyzing
    Millennial Voices: Want to Be a Male Ally? Stand Up to Harassment

    The worst was the vandalism-by-condiment: a pool of congealed salad dressing that had just escaped the to-go container next to it. It sat on my windshield in a sad, inert clump. The bit that had managed a slow exit was barely enough to add flavor to a side salad, let alone my whole car.


    August 10, 2015 by Tyler Mendelsohn

  • Catalyzing
    Ten Awesome LGBT Activist Heroes You Need to Celebrate This Pride Month

    Happy Pride, everyone! Every June, we remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots where LGBT activists fought back against police harassment. LGBT people are still not fully equal under the law, but these 10 amazing individuals took great strides to get them a little bit closer.

    1) Audre Lorde. The woman...

    June 25, 2015 by Cheryl Yanek

  • Catalyzing
    My Parents Saved My Life

    Being one’s authentic and beautiful self can often be a difficult and challenging journey. The story of guest blogger, John LaVeck is, unfortunately, not an uncommon one, but one Catalyst is privileged to share—particularly during LGBT Pride month.


    I went to a private, all-boy’s high...

    June 11, 2015 by John LaVeck

  • Catalyzing
    Five Things LGBT People Have Now That They Didn’t When Pride Month Was First Celebrated

    Former President Bill Clinton declared June Gay & Lesbian Pride Month in 2000. Pride Month has since evolved to include the celebration of bisexual and transgender people as well. This June we’re celebrating big wins for the LGBT community—and taking a look at what a difference 15 years makes!...

    June 9, 2015 by Raina Lipsitz

  • Catalyzing
    Ask Deborah: What Have You Learned From the Fight for LGBT Rights?

    Our President & Chief Executive Officer Deborah Gillis is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 52-year history. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we are using June’s column to share Deborah’s personal experience with LGBT advocacy and her advice on how to be an ally in this critical area.


    June 1, 2015 by Deborah Gillis