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LGBT Scholarships and Academia April 10, 2010

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The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

Today’s post is about other great websites. Check out this page. Information about scholarships, academic programs in LGBT research and much more.

Creating LGBT Acceptance at Work April 4, 2010

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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).

Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students March 27, 2010

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This is why I started this blog. Research shows over and over that people who think sexual orientation is a choice tend to have negative attitudes.

Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students

Eric Swank

Morehead State University, Kentucky, e.swank@morehead-st.edu

Lisa Raiz

Ohio State University, Columbus, raiz.l@osu.edu

This article identifies the factors behind students’ attitudes toward lesbian and gay individuals on the basis of the responses of 575 heterosexual undergraduates from 12 social work programs in the United States. Consistent with attribution theory, the findings suggest that the belief that sexual orientation is a choice is the strongest predictor of responses to gays and lesbians. The precepts of social learning theory and the intergroup contact hypothesis were also substantiated because sexual prejudice was lower among students with ‘‘gay-friendly’’ parents and numerous interactions with homosexual peers. Finally, negative interpretations of gay men and lesbians were higher for students who embraced authoritarian orientations and traditional gender-role beliefs and attended religious services more frequently. Implications for educators in the university environment and the classroom are presented.

Key Words: attitudes toward lesbians and gay men • attribution theory • religiosity • same-sex relationships • undergraduates

Affilia, Vol. 25, No. 1, 19-29 (2010)
DOI: 10.1177/0886109909356058

Transgender Basics Video and Vocabulary December 20, 2009

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Transgender Basics – an amazing video from The Center in New York City.

I have also included their glossary of terms, as an educational tool. As always, comments are welcome.

TRANS BASICS: GLOSSARY OF TERMS (more…)

Sexuality in the Workplace September 26, 2009

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Sexuality as a Diversity Factor: An Examination of Awareness (more…)

The importance of sexual orientation in the medical consultation September 20, 2009

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Another call from Israel regarding the importance of educating healthcare providers about LGBT issues.

The importance of sexual orientation in the medical consultation (more…)

LGBT Education for HealthCare Providers – Sweden September 20, 2009

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Second post about healthcare providers. More acknowledgment that nursing and medical students need education on LGBT individuals. This time, from Sweden.

Students’ Inadequate Knowledge about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons (more…)

LGBT Education for Medical Students September 20, 2009

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Do you worry about finding a healthcare provider that understands what it means to be LGBT? (more…)