Anyone Can Be An Ally
Speaking up for an LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace


When people ask me how to become an ally, I tell them it's like a song. With a song, you have words and music.
Using the right words, such as sexual orientation rather than sexual preference is really important. But so is having the right music. Our manner is our music.

We have to get our music in sync with our words. The workplace environment is created not by policies, but by the attitudes and behaviors of managers and co-workers. Allies have the power to change the culture, and anyone can be an ally.

Brian McNaught

About the “Ally” program

When gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people don't feel safe and valued at work, productivity goes down, and organizations fail in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. Many organizations realize this, and have created clear policies on the issues. But in order for the climate to change, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people need allies to speak up.

In this comprehensive training program, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.

This is a full 14-minute preview for you to evaluate for purchase. Be sure to also watch the Extra Features.

Anyone Can Be An Ally includes the 14-minute training video written and presented by Brian with English, Spanish & French Canadian subtitles. The DVD also includes 4 important Extra Features.

  1. FAQ: Brian answers the questions he's asked the most.

  2. Tom's Story: this is a personal story that Brian tells at all his workshops. It's about creating a workplace that's welcoming for a closeted gay co-worker to come out. This can put a face on the issue.

  3. Guided Imagery: Brian takes viewers on a journey to learn what it would be like to be straight in a gay world. This exercise can help open people up to look at the issue from a new angle.

  4. Interview with Brian: this is a behind-the-scenes conversation intended for the facilitator, in which Brian shares more about the challenges of doing this work, and how best to use this program.


The Learning objectives

Learning Objectives of Anyone Can Be An Ally:

1.    Put a face on the issues that confront lesbian, gay, 
       bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.
Recognize the important role of allies.
Learn what to say and when, what words to use and 
      how to get your words and music in sync. 
 Practice skills in being allies.

Training Goals: 
1.    To create a workplace in which everyone feels
Understand which behaviors are considered welcoming 
       and which ones are considered unwelcoming. 
3.   Practice our skills in stepping forward to make our 
      colleagues feel as if they want to give 100% of
themselves to the job. 

the leader’s guide that accompanies the program

The Leader's Guide material is comprehensive and designed for flexible use. It offers a lesson plan for a 60 to 90-minute training workshop, as well as optional modules that use the Extra Features to expand and deepen your training. 

Along with the Leader's Guide, the program also includes participant guides, handouts and a Powerpoint presentation. All of these PDF materials are reproducible directly from the CD-ROM or USB, or you can import them into your training materials.

In praise of Anyone Can Be An Ally: 

"Many of us aspire to be concise and convincing allies for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family, friends and colleagues, but struggle with how to be effective in doing this the 'right way.' In this short 14-minute video, Brian McNaught offers what we need to know, say and do as allies - in a way that is compelling, informative and actionable. If you are looking for guidance about language choices, when to speak up, and how to foster inclusion as an authentic LGBT ally, this video (and a little courage and practice) is all you need to have the confidence and capability to make a difference."
             Deb Dagit, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
             for a Fortune 100 company

"There is no better mentor, trusted voice or clearer thinker to educate straight allies and their LGBT co-workers and colleagues than Brian McNaught. This video gives power and purpose to everyone who believes as he does that an open, honest, and accepting workplace is an imperative for every employer." 
             Bob Witeck, Founder and CEO, Witeck-Combs

"No one has done a better job of chronicling what it is like to be gay in America." 
             U.S. Representative Barney Frank

"Our hope for a world where we can live fully and equally relies on the courage of our allies - our family, friends and co-workers - and on the wisdom of heroes like Brian McNaught. In 'Anyone Can Be An Ally,' Brian brings his clear, engaging expertise to create a resource that everyone who seeks justice for, and understanding within, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will appreciate. It is an invaluable tool for cultural change, as Brian is a priceless voice for dignity and respect."
             J Kevin Jones, Jr. Deputy Director
             Out & Equal Workplace Advocates