Out of the Corporate Closet

How African American gays and lesbians can gain ground in the workplace

company isn’t providing adequate health insurance for its employees across the board, going in and insisting on domestic partner benefits [should] not be your first initiative. You may want to organize with other individuals who need better health benefits for themselves and their families, and make your point as part of a larger case.”

Find support. Get advice from someone in your business sector who has initiated change successfully. “Then be prepared to deliver those facts when you approach an executive who may be resistant to change.”

Know the laws in your state. Familiarize yourself with your company’s existing policy on inclusion. Examine how the organization treats its black employees. Chances are if the business is good on race, it’s also good on sexual orientation, but that should not be taken for granted.

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