Anyone Can Be An Ally
Create a welcoming workplace for LGBTQ colleagues. Designed to educate and inspire allies to speak up for respect and inclusiveness. In this award-winning training program, noted educator and author on LGBT issues, 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.
ANYONE CAN BE AN ALLY
What are the special concerns and needs for LGBTQ coworkers? 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.
When employees don’t feel safe and valued at work, productivity goes down and organizations soon find themselves unable to attract the best and brightest. In order for the climate to change, everyone needs allies who are willing to speak up in the face of disrespectful comments and behaviors.
Productivity plummets and organizations fail in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent whenever gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people feel unsafe and undervalued.
Teach your employees to:
- Put a face on the issues
- Recognize the roles of allies
- Learn what to say and when
- Practice skills in being an ally
Dubbed “the godfather of gay sensitivity training” by the NY Times, Brian is considered the world’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace. In this video, Brian 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 your employees’ language choices, when to speak up, and how to foster inclusion as an authentic LGBT ally, Anyone Can Be An Ally (along with a little courage and practice) is all you need to make a difference.
- Put a face on the issues that confront LGBT people in the workplace
- Recognize the important role of becoming and being an ally
- Learn what to say and when, and how to get your words and “music” in sync
- Practice skills in being an ally to those whom you may be uncomfortable with in the workplace
- To create a workplace in which everyone feels welcome
- To build understanding of behaviors which are considered welcoming or unwelcoming
- To allow people to practice skills in stepping forward to make all colleagues feel completely comfortable and able to give 100% of themselves to the job
The support materials for the facilitator and participants are designed for flexible use. They offers a lesson plan and prompts for the facilitator to conduct a discussion-oriented training session, as well as optional modules that use the Extra Features to expand and deepen the session.
“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”
Kevin Jones, Jr. Deputy Director, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
“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
“I just finished watching Brian McNaught’s latest training video “Anyone Can Be an Ally” for the second time. This video is like a good book that you are tempted to read again and, once you do, you realize how much you missed the first time around. In my case, the first time I watched it, I got absorbed in the specific strategies it provides on how to speak up when a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person has been disrespected in the workplace. It shows the viewer exactly what to say and when and does so in a way that can be immediately understood and, most importantly, applied.
The second time I watched it, my focus was elsewhere. This time I was fascinated by how cleverly the producers helped me better understand how it feels to be excluded because of one’s sexual orientation. Of course, it is impossible for someone like me who has never lived those challenges to completely grasp them, but “Anyone Can Be An Ally” does a wonderful job of helping the viewer empathize with the challenge and, in turn, become motivated to become a genuine ally. Take a look at the video and don’t miss the 4 Extra Features that come with this valuable package. Once you finish, you’ll be moved, not only to purchase the product, but to function as an ally yourself.”
Sondra Thiederman Ph.D., author of Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace
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