June marks the beginning of Pride, a month long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, its history, and the fight for equal rights. Many of 2023’s Pride events are themed: D.C.’s “Peace, Love Revolution,” L.A.’s “All Out With Pride,” and N.Y.C.’s “Strength in Solidarity.”
“Pride is a joyful celebration of all of the beautiful identities of our LGBTQ+ community,” the Human Rights Campaign writes. “We create spaces where we can bring our whole selves to dance and march in the streets and declare: We are here. We are visible. We are proud!”
One online space is here at HR Daily Advisor. This year, HRDA collected some of our favorite pieces featuring members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In this “Faces of HR” profile, allyship has been a lifeboat for Ashley T. Brundage, Founder and President of Empowering Differences. “My voice, being an out transgender person, being a woman, having a disability, and being vocal is about who I am and my identity,” she reflects. “I have an opportunity to advocate for those communities.”
Jon G. Muñoz, Chief DEI Officer for Booz Allen and our subject for this installment, was driven to a career in DEI from a very early age. “I live a life of intersectionality, as a gay and Hispanic man,” he says. ““It’s lived experiences like these that started me on this career path.”
Ivori Johnson, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at ChartHop, and Kat Kibben, CEO and Founder of Three Ears Media, join to discuss Pride Month, being LGBTQ+ at work, intersectionality, and how to be an inclusive employer.
Michael Bach, author of Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work, joins Pages of HR. In this two-part series, we discuss sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression (yes, they’re different things, and it matters), define what a Safe Space is, and how to turn your space into one, the value of a Code of Conduct in the workplace, and more.
A critical part of helping people thrive at work is creating a safe space to work. Even in supportive environments, many transgender and gender non-conforming people can still expect uncomfortable conversations as they come out over and over again, sometimes every day. To start building an inclusive workplace, HR leaders must understand what pronouns are and why they’re important.
What protections are in place for the LGBTQ+ community, and what can employers do to be inclusive? Tara B. Taylor, Managing Director of ADR Vantage Inc, provides statistics and best practices for employers.
Be sure to stay tuned for more of our content for Pride 2023 in the coming weeks! For in-depth DEI best practice, check out HR Diversity Week, running from June 5 to June 9.