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Gay Issues in the Workplace

by Brian McNaught

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This book covers: key points about gay issues in the workplace, why homophobia affects everyone, and some principles and definitions used in the book; why gay people come out; what it means to be gay, lesbian or bisexual; how gay people come out; homophobia and heterosexism; what gay employees want; common questions; a model workshop; from here to where?; resources; sources.

Quite a useful starting point, though by now I'm sure it's not the only book on the subject. Some parts of the book are specific to North America (specifics about the law for instance), but there is still some worthwhile material here for readers outside the USA. The resource listings are not bad, but again, since this book was published, the potential resources will have increased. So, why would I want to read it, given that it is now (in reference book terms) rather old?

This book shows very well how homophobia affects employees, sometimes how subtle the homophobia can be, how common it is, and why it is a problem for productivity. It shows just how uncomfortable, even hazardous, the workplace can be for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender staff, and what can be done to make the workplace much more comfortable and productive.

The key pieces for me were about changing behaviours, rather than personal beliefs, and distinguishing personal from workplace matters. Ignorance and errors of fact, that give rise to homophobia are tackled; this goes a long way to making the workplace more comfortable. Personal beliefs and personal moral views about homosexuality are kept separate/private/personal, and not expressed in the workplace; employees learn to act in a non-discriminatory, respectful and inclusive way towards others. There is quite a bit on language, expression of ideas, and what kinds of expression are suitable for the workplace. There is a small amount on tackling AIDS-phobia, and a smaller amount of discussion of transgender issues.

What is quite pleasing about this book is that there is a chapter on a model workshop, which goes through the material to be covered, how it is presented, the kinds of activities, and evaluation questions. This helps put the rest of the book in context, but also recognises that the writer cannot possibly give workshops to every company that might be interested, and allows people to develop and deliver their own workshops in-house. Changing behaviour is mainly brought about through the presentation of factual material, and hearing about the life and experiences of specific people - either in person, or on video. ( )
  Flit | Nov 5, 2009 |
Gay/Lesbian 002
  BarnardCareerLibrary | Dec 7, 2007 |
Terrific reference book for gay and lesbian especially HR folks ( )
  latinobookgeek | Mar 6, 2007 |
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What gay people want and need

The cost of anti-gay behavior

How to respond to people who quote the Bible

Making allies of heterosexual coworkers

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