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Creating LGBT Acceptance at Work April 4, 2010

Posted by Geekgirl in Employment, Legal and Policies, psychology, social.
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Even if your workplace has non-discrimination policies and great benefits for same-sex couples, that might not be reflected in the daily behavior of employees or management. If you are straight, this article describes some things that you can do. If you are LGBT, the article also describes some things that you can do.

Everyone deserves to be themselves at work. (Except for the guy who talks really loud four rows down from my cubicle. Indoor voices please.)

For the entire article, click here.

LGBT change in organizations

And now for an excerpt.

Non-LGBT Employees as Change Agents

Heterosexual individuals who are accepting and supportive of gays and lesbians, often called ‘‘allies,’’ can also contribute to a more inclusive work environment. The culture and climate of an organization is determined in part by the social norms of the individuals working there. Thus, creating an environment that is inclusive often requires that the individuals within the organization understand that prejudices and discriminatory behaviors are not socially accepted by the majority of employees.

Although these norms can be established formally by the organization (as outlined in King and Cortina, 2010), they can also be established by individuals. Recent research has shown just how effective individuals can be in influencing their peers to express inclusive beliefs.

For instance, Zitek and Hebl (2007) found that modeling positive attitudes toward gay individuals leads others to similarly model such positive attitudes. Hence, allies within organizations who openly support LGBT policies model norms for others and may be particularly effective when others do not have strong LGBT-related beliefs (see Zitek & Hebl,2007).


The Queering of Medicine August 30, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in homophobia, medical, social, Teens, Uncategorized.
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This article is one man’s story. A gay physician. I can’t print the
entire article due to copyright restrictions. However, it is short
and poignant. Click on (more…)

Butch or Femme? (Lesbians only) August 30, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in LGBT, psychology, social.

*Note, grammatical error fixed. Just a little geeky OCD on my part.

This is the abstract for a publication. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the entire article. Here’s where I need education from readers. I have several lesbian friends. I know some casually, some quite well. My best friend is a lesbian.

None has ever described herself to me as butch or femme. I just figured it was stereotyping going …that shouldn’t be going on. An I clueless? Or are the terms insulting? Clearly I was absent this day in LGBT 101.

Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Feb;38(1):34-49. Epub 2007 Sep 26.

The coming-out process of young lesbian and bisexual women: are there butch/femme differences in sexual identity development? (more…)