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The Importance of Community Climate for LGBT Employees April 4, 2010

Posted by Geekgirl in Employment, Legal and Policies, Where you live.
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When looking for a job, do you also think about the community you will be living in? I bet you do. Your employer should too. That reminds me. Call Nancy Pelosi about ENDA. Now.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3 (2010), 79–81.Copyright © 2010 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 1754-9426/09

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Extending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgendered Supportive Organizational Policies: Communities Matter Too

LAURA G. BARRON

University of Wisconsin-Stout

MICHELLE R. HEBL

Rice University

Like King and Cortina (2010), we believe that there is a social and economic imperative for organizations to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered(LGBT) employees. We would extend King and Cortina’s argument, however, and propose that to recruit the best employees, employers ought to be concerned not just with the climate within their organization but also with the climate within their local communities. It is, no doubt, of major importance for employers to foster equal opportunity within the bounds of their organizations.  But employers who write an LGBT antidiscrimination policy into their handbooks and diversity training seminars, offer domestic partner benefits, and even offer LGBT support groups should not consider themselves done.

Correspondence concerning this article should beaddressed to Laura G. Barron.E-mail: barronl@uwstout.edu
Address: Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 323 McCalmont Hall, Menomonie,WI, 54751

Read the entire article here:  LGBT organizational policies
The Importance of Community Climate for LGBT Employees

Ultimately, even the most devoted employees do not live at work. LGBT individuals who are considering whether or not to accept a job are apt to be influenced not only by the policies of their prospective employers but also by the policies of the surrounding area. LGBT individuals need to consider where they will be living the other approximate 128 hours a week when they are not working. As most people live relatively close to their workplaces, LGBT individuals need to ask themselves questions about these communities. ‘‘Is it safe to be ’out’ in the community?’’ ‘‘Will my neighbors be accepting?’’ ‘‘Will my partner and I be stared at if seen together in public?’’ Particularly in locales where sexual orientation discrimination is legal, the answer may be ‘‘no.’’ Hence, even if an organization has succeeded in creating a thoroughly inclusive and accepting organizational climate, prospective LGBTemployees contemplating a position with that organization may need to think hard if that position is located in one of the many U.S. jurisdictions without sexual orientation antidiscrimination legislation.