Ally: specific strategies
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 www.thiederman.com