June 2013











The Challenges That Remain



Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression—not to be confused with sexual activity or behavior—are personal characteristics that everyone has. Including LGBT employees is a vital component of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy. As we celebrate Pride Month, find out how to better recruit, retain, develop, and advance LGBT employees to help your organization compete effectively for talent, minimize attrition costs, and better access LGBT consumer markets.


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Protecting employees from discrimination is an essential step when creating LGBT-inclusive environments, from workplace experiences to supporting the development of programs and practices that leverage diversity, foster inclusion, and increase awareness, accountability, and action. Using these reports and tools, organizations can move discourse beyond anti-discrimination policies to everyday issues facing LGBT employees: 


When It Doesn’t Pay to Wear the Pants
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It’s tough enough landing a job when you’re a woman, but what if you’re a “butch” lesbian? In a Catalyzing guest blog, the author writes, “When we talk about shattering the glass ceiling and closing the wage gap, we need to be aware of which women we’re fighting for. Because for every pair of heels that makes it to the C-Suite, there’s an army of women in men’s suits who are still locked out of the office.” Read the entire post.


Jason Collins and the Challenge for Men
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“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Jason Collins’s words and courage created a watershed moment in sports history. As an NBA player, he is the first openly gay, male athlete in major U.S. professional sports. Lesbian women have already been out in professional sports. This pattern shows up in other parts of society as well. Read Michael Welp’s thoughts on this significant event on the MARC blog.


Webinar: LGBT Pride Month – June 20
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In recognition of LGBT Pride month, join representatives from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as they 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 influence policy within the organization while educating employees on current LGBT issues. This webinar is complimentary to participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged a registration fee of $150 USD. Register now. 

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