LGBTQIA+ In The Workforce – How To Be An Ally And Beyond

Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and respected at work, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, about half of LGBTQ+ persons fear coming out in their workplace because they worry it will negatively impact their career. With more and more people coming out every year (8 in 10 Americans know someone who identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual) it’s more crucial than ever to be an ally.

But what exactly does it mean to be an ally? You don’t have to identify as LBGTQ+ in order to be an ally in the workplace. It’s all about the way you conduct yourself. If you show support for equality in numerous ways, support LGBTQ+ persons or are an advocate for equality and fair treatment, then you’re an ally. And that’s straight from the horse’s mouth, or at least how the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD define being an ally. So why should you be an ally? Because everyone deserves to feel comfortable at work, have the same opportunities to build their careers, and feel safe.