Words reflect workplace culture and can reinforce negative stereotypes around sexual orientation. Stop using these common words and focus on performance and outcomes instead.
Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression—not to be confused with sexual activity or behavior—are personal characteristics that everyone has. Including LGBTQ+ employees is a vital component of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy. Successfully recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing LGBTQ+ employees helps organizations compete effectively for talent, minimize attrition costs, and better access LGBTQ+ consumer markets.
The LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ Terminology page put together by the LGBT Campus Resource Center at UCLA. To find out how to be an ally to LGBTQ+ colleagues visit our Ask Catalyst Express: LGBTQ+ Inclusion page.