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WRAIR: Want to be an Ally?

Thanks for participating in our Straight for Equality in the Workplace learning session. On this page you’ll find a list of materials that correspond to the learning objectives in today’s session.

Want to provide feedback on this session? Still have questions about the content? Send us an e-mail at [email protected] today.

Download the guides:

the guide to being a straight ally: This is the core ally publication referenced in today’s training. 

the guide to being a trans ally: This brand new guide will help you learn more about what transgender means and know specific ways that you can be a strong trans ally. 

be not afraid — help is on the way: straight for equality in faith communities: Are you a straight ally of faith? Looking for a way to think about what it means to be a person of faith and an ally to the LGBT community. This guide can help.

straight for equality in healthcare: Already identify as an ally and want to find a way to have a new conversation? Download this guide and share it with your healthcare provider. 

Additional resources:

equality literacy 101: Choosing to have a conversation often starts with being comfortable with terminology. This quick cheat sheet will help get you caught up on the right words to use.

10 things you can do as an ally: Looking for ways to go beyond what was covered in the session? This list may offer some good ideas.

International Laws: Find out what the laws in places around the globe are when it comes to LGBT rights and equality. From the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Association.

The 2017 Federal Viewpoint Survey: Conducted annually by the Office of Personnel Management the Federal Viewpoint Survey began asking questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2012 survey which was released in 2013.

Sexual Orientation and the Federal Workplace – Policy and Perception: The Merit System Protection Board released a report in 2014 that examines federal employee perceptions of workplace treatment based on sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index: Get the report card for corporate America on LGBT-inclusive policies. Released annually by the Human Rights Campaign use this report to learn more about where your company stands when it comes to equality. The results may surprise you. You can also use it to inform your purchases and they even have a smartphone ap to help you make choices on the go.

Cost of the Closet: The Cost of the Closet surveyed over 800 LGBT workers across the country and included an added survey of non-LGBT workers.

Out in the World. Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace: Out in the World was released by the Center for Talent Innovation in January 2016 and analyzes some of the most significant challenges that multinational corporations face in the global marketplace when corporate policy conflicts with anti-LGBT laws in the countries where they do business.

Degrees of Equality: Originally conducted to assess the gap between policy change and culture change, this is an extensive assessment of workplace climate. Released in 2009, the Human Rights Campaign worked with Lake Research Partners to conduct focus groups, in depth interviews, and a nationally based survey to collect data. It details the successes and failures of policy change and investigates the actual environments in which LGBT people work in each day.

The Power of OUT: There is a fee to access this study, conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy. It has information about the talent recruitment and retention issues that arise in uninclusive workplaces. It also includes information about innovative programs designed to change workplace culture so LGBT employees feel welcome and free to bring their full selves to work.

Straight for Equality Workplace resources: Still need more? Check out our full workplace resource area for even more details on workplace issues, external resources, other learning opportunities, and advanced tools.