Equality is a start but being equitable with our fellow LGBTQ+ workers is critical. Knowing the difference and creating equity is key to an open, inclusive and safe culture.
Provide equitable employee benefits, taking into account specific needs for LGBTQ+ workers, including healthcare, retirement, insurance, etc.
Ensure equitable hiring practices by actively seeking out LGBTQ+ candidates by using diverse recruiting platforms, using inclusive language in job descriptions and while interviewing candidates.
Provide LGBTQ+ training and education for all employees and celebrate LGBTQ+ history and events.
Recognize important dates in the LGBTQ+ calendar, such as Pride Month, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, National Coming Out Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility, etc.
Make company social events safe, inclusive and welcoming.
Provide gender-neutral bathrooms.
Provide LGBTQ+ career sponsors for LGBTQ+ employees to foster career progression and reduce feelings of only-ness.
Don’t put LGBTQ+ inclusiveness program responsibility only on LGBTQ+ workers.