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Our team here at Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. & Associates and MyWorkplaceHealth have created LGBTQ+ educational resources that include a series of videos and blogs offering a starting place for learning about the LGBTQ+ community, how to be a good LGBTQ+ ally as well as tips on how to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ community members. 

Our LGBTQ+ education resources are also available as a pdf. Please click on the following link to download a version for distribution: LGBTQ+ Resources

We encourage you to share these resources with friends, families, co-workers, etc. and start the conversation about issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community and the important role you can play in influencing change. 

LGBTQ+ General Knowledge – Educate Yourself

One of the first things to do when attempting to be a better LGBTQ+ ally, or working toward creating a more inviting and inclusive space, is to educate oneself. It can be daunting to know what to do or how to behave when there’s so much we don’t know about a community. Thankfully the internet has a plethora of information to get you started. One of the best places to start when first learning about the LGBTQ+ community is with basic terminology. 

Click here for LGBTQ+ Terminology and How to Use Language Appropriately

LGBTQ+ Terminology

 

Using LGBTQ+ Language Appropriately

These definitions are compiled from a more comprehensive list at It’s Pronounced Metrosexual. It was created in collaboration with The Safe Zone Project as well as a large number of community members. The Safe Zone Project is a great educational resource and we definitely recommend checking it out for yourself. 

How to be a good LGBTQ+ Ally

Once you’re more educated on the LGBTQ+ community, you’ll likely desire to be a better ally. This can feel daunting at first, particularly if you don’t know where to start. Know this feeling is normal and good intentions are always a great place to start. 

Click here to read more about How to be a good LGBTQ+ ally.

 

Supporting LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace

LGBTQ+ individuals experience discrimination and harassment in the workplace. This directly and negatively impacts LGBTQ+ individuals’ mental health. When talking about workplace mental health, we need to pay special attention to groups, like the LGBTQ+ community, to actively work against this treatment to create psychologically safe spaces for all individuals. 

Click here to learn more about Supporting LGBTQ+ people in the workplace.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace

 

Supporting LGBTQ+ Co-workers

Questions Not to ask your LGBTQ+ Co-workers (or others in the LGBTQ+ community)

As we learn about the queer community and the diversity of people within the community, it’s natural to want to know more. The number of recognized identities is growing, and it can seem intimidating and complicated to those who are not part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a great thing to be eager and willing to learn, and education is an important part of creating a more safe and inclusive environment for everyone. You might know someone who identifies within the LGBTQ+ community and figure they’re the best person to ask those burning questions. They might be, but they also may not. 

Click here to learn more about asking questions of the LGBTQ+ community with particular attention to questions not to ask LGBTQ+ co-workers. 

 

How To Be A Good Trans Ally – Learning About Gender

For those just learning about the LGBTQ+ community, learning about gender and the proper use of pronouns may be slightly more challenging, particularly when it comes to identities that fall outside of the binary. It’s important to have specific resources that address the unique issues that transgender individuals face. 

This article was written by our copywriter, Emory, who identifies as a trans man.

Click here to learn more about How to Be A Good Trans Ally

 

Final Thoughts

Learning to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive can feel daunting because it seems like there’s so much to learn. And for many, the learning process must begin with unlearning ideas about sexuality, gender and the gender binary. But using the correct language including name and pronouns is a huge part of being a good ally and can make a huge difference in LGBTQ+ people’s lives. So, it’s important to educate yourself and continue to practice with inclusive language. 

I hope now that you have some knowledge, speaking with and about the LGBTQ+ community isn’t as scary or as challenging as you originally thought. All it really takes is good intentions and breaking down your assumptions about sexuality and gender.

 

 

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