by Ivor MacGregor
Originally published: June 1, 2017
Diversity surrounds us every day.
We can see diversity everywhere: in life experience, education, cultural background, gender and sexual identity. In the workplace, celebrating diversity means acknowledging the many identities that make an employee unique. To accept these unique identities, we first have to understand them. Understanding is a key step in creating an inclusive environment where employees feel acknowledged and valued.
A good place to start is conversation. When it comes to the LGBT community in particular, begin by having educational conversations about the many challenges the community faces. The conversation can educate other employees about negative stereotypes and discrimination, including prejudices against gay and transgender individuals.