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additional resources - workplace

There are countless resources available to help you make the business case for workplace equality. If you’re ready to learn more about these issues in the context of market share, brand loyalty, as well as talent aquisition and retention the links below will provide you with just a few places to start.

We acknowledge that this is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and that links may become out of date without our knowledge. If you notice a link that no longer works or have suggestions for something that we should consider please contact info@straightforequality.org

The HRC Corporate Equality Index
Get the report card for corporate America on LGBT-inclusive policies. Released annually by the Human Rights Campaign use this report to learn more about where your company stands when it comes to equality. The results may surprise you. You can also use it to inform your purchases and they even have a smartphone ap to help you make choices on the go.

The HRC Foundation: The Cost of the Closet and the Rewards of Inclusion
Released in 2014, The Cost of the Closet is a follow up to the groundbreaking study Degrees of Equality. It surveyed over 800 LGBT workers across the country and included an added survey of non-LGBT workers.

The HRC National Study Examining Workplace Climate for LGBT Employees: Degrees of Equality
Originally conducted to assess the gap between policy change and culture change, this is an extensive assessment of workplace climate. Released in 2009, the Human Rights Campaign worked with Lake Research Partners to conduct focus groups, in depth interviews, and a nationally based survey to collect data. It details the successes and failures of policy change and investigates the actual environments in which LGBT people work in each day.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization committed to ending employment discrimination for LGBT employees. Each year they host the Out & Equal Workplace Summit which brings individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and governmental agencies together to share best practices and share their commitment to equality. Check out their list of resources that can help you improve the environment in your workplace.

LGBT Adults Strongly Prefer Brands That Support Causes Important to Them and that also Offer Equal Workplace Benefits
This press release details a poll conducted by Witeck-Combs Communications and Harris Interactive that highlights brand preferences and customer loyalty among LGBT customers. It can help you to make the case as to why these issues are important and how inclusive policies can help your company’s bottom line. Equality is good for business.

Small Businesses Support Fairness: CAP Survey Finds Owners Back Employment Non-Discrimination Act
The Center for American Progress regularly conducts research and polling on issues important to the LGBT community and its supporters. This is just one example of their findings regarding the Employment Non Discrimination Act, federal legislation that would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which has languished in Congress for nearly two decades.

Reinventing Diversity by Howard Ross
Cook Ross Inc, has been a long-time supporter of PFLAG National and Straight for Equality. As one of America’s leading diversity experts Howard’s book Reinventing Diversity highlights common failures of diversity programs, the role that unconscious bias plays in workplace culture, and the lack of quick fixes and easy answers.