Creating LGBT Acceptance at Work April 4, 2010Posted by Geekgirl in Employment, Legal and Policies, psychology, social.
Tags: coming out, education, heterosexism, 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.
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).
Explaining Opposition to Same Sex Marriage September 20, 2009Posted by Geekgirl in Historical Views, psychology, social, Uncategorized.
Tags: equality, heterosexism, social
An absolute must watch. Dr.Schmitt provides a plausible reason for why people support civil unions more than marriage. Trust me, you will like the punchline. It isn’t pretty for straight people. Amazing speaker. If you are in a hurry, go to 30 minutes, the first part is a lot of background.