SHRM Blog: LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Employee: A Conversation with #SHRM19 Speaker Tara Taylor

With hate crimes on the rise, particularly against members of the LGBTQ+ community, we have a duty to build workplaces that work for EVERYONE. I am honored to have interviewed #SHRM19 speaker Tara Taylor, MPA. Be sure to take a moment to learn about her perspectives and what she plans to share at her session at the SHRM Annual Conference next week!

LGBTQ+ Knowledge for the HR Employee: A Conversation with #SHRM19 Speaker Tara Taylor

Key Quote:

“Research shows that half of employees across all workplaces are hiding their true sexual orientation or identity at work and are often doing so out of fear of reprisal. That means you have a workforce that really doesn’t feel like they can come in and be their full, authentic selves, and the impact of that is pretty devastating.”

It’s awkward to distinguish between micro and macro levels of exclusion because it’s all harmful – to both individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning + other identities) and to organizations who employ sexual minorities. So if you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community often times this shows up in small ways; where you’re not invited to the lunch room for lunch conversation, you’re not invited out for happy hour after work, your voice isn’t brought into conversations in team meetings, people whisper in the hallways or ask very inappropriate questions of you, or start to make assumptions about what they think is your sexual orientation or identity and attach really harmful stereotypes to that.”

Read the rest here!

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