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How to Support LGBTQIA+ Employees

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Thank you to those who could join us in the last Brave Lil' Convos session for the Spring of 2023! Thank you to our guest speaker, José Durán, Counselor at BIENESTAR Human Services, for a brave discussion regarding anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation and opportunities for allies to better support and uplift the community. For those who missed our discussion on how to support LGBTQIA+ employees, here is a takeaway of key points and terms to know.

  • Over 525 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been introduced this year, a record high in the U.S. 78 of these bills have been signed into law.

  • To participate in allyship, one should learn about the issues affecting the community.

  • One should listen to understand, not to respond.

  • One can benefit from leaning into discomfort. Cognitive dissonance, the mental distress from conflicting beliefs, can affect our allyship.

  • By participating in allyship, one should uplift the voices of the community.

  • There is a difference between the effects of intent and impact. Intent is known as the determination to do something, whereas impact is the strong effect(s) of someone or something. One should be cognizant of the impact of your actions.

These are just some takeaways from our previous Brave Lil’ Convos session. For more stay tuned for when our monthly series returns in the Fall!

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