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

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    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

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    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

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    Take 5: [email protected]

    On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed J. Paul Oetken for a federal judgeship in New York City, making him the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench. While his confirmation is a milestone and a step in the right direction, it’s important to think bigger than firsts.

    The LGBT...

    July 20, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Pride at Work: LGBT

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month in the United States and around the world, but the challenges facing LGBT employees warrant our attention year-round. In today’s guest post, Catalyst’s Julie S. Nugent and Alixandra Pollack give a snapshot of the legal...

    June 6, 2012 by Julie S. Nugent, Alixandra Pollack