How to Be an LGBTQ+ Ally at Work



Navigating LGBTQ+ issues at work can be very difficult, and they are often glossed over by employers. This guide helps you navigate the sometimes intimidating waters of trans sensitivity, derogatory language, and gender neutral language. It includes tips on how to address inappropriate language and how to have conversations about preferred pronouns. Send this guide to your team and refer to it whenever you are wondering how to be a good ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBT representation at work is skyrocketing.

More and more individuals are choosing to come out and own their true identity, and the majority of employers no longer take sexuality and gender into consideration during their hiring process. The next generation of workers, Gen Z, is the most diverse generation yet, and many of them place themselves somewhere on the queer spectrum. This means that workplaces are going to have an influx of different types of identities, some of which older generations might not be familiar with. How would you have a conversation with some of your older employees about trans-acceptance and the harm in dead naming? How can you train your younger employees to be patient with those coworkers who’s worldview may not be as progressive as their own? Emtrain is here to help.

In this guide:

    • Glossary: A brief index of LGBTQ+ language
    • Crunching the Numbers: statistics about gender identity and LGBT discrimination
    • Sensitivity Coaching: How to talk to employees about LGBT inclusion
    • Built-in Bias: Transition to a gender neutral language with this cheat sheet
    • How to recover from slip up…

A part of preparing your workforce for the Gen Z wave means educating your employees on how to deal with people different from them. At the end of the day, no matter how much we differ, we are all human and we deserve to be treated as such. We hope that this guide can help you cultivate understanding and acceptance in your organization. If you feel that any groups were underrepresented or misrepresented in this guide, contact support and let us know! We want to help you build diverse and inclusive workplaces as best we can.

For more helpful resources like this and tips navigating tricky culture issues, visit our Resource Center today! Thank you for helping Emtrain with our mission to transform workplace culture.

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