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