Take a moment today to consider what you hope the year will bring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality – whether that is change in policy or attitude, in your own office or the global community. Here’s a look at Out & Equal staff hopes, wishes, and resolutions for 2013.
My hopes are that LGBT issues are no longer seen and used as wedge issues and that we can move forward with greater rapidity with LGBT freedoms at large and specifically in the Workplace because they are the right thing to do. Specifically, I hope that President Obama recognizes this momentum and moves forward early this year with an executive order requiring federal contractors to have policies of non-discrimination in respect to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Teddy Witherington, Chief Marketing Officer
Transgender healthcare benefits as standard in every company or organization… big and small!
Q Wilson, Senior Training Associate
I hope for the number of Fortune 500 companies scoring 100% on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index to continuing increasing at the significant rate of 33%. Companies with a perfect score jumped from 189 in January 2012 to 252 in January 2013. With more great work from Out & Equal and our partners in achieving workplace equality, I hope to see that number reach 335 in January 2014.
Tony Talbot, Chief Financial Officer
I hope for a greater push forward with a fully inclusive ENDA. And, I hope to hear more from Out & Equal’s blog readers and social media followers because I know you have important stories to share!
Brianna Nelson, Communications Intern
My wishes: The President will issue an Executive Order requiring contractors with the Federal government to have policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The Executive Order will result in a wave of change through middle and small businesses, increasing LGBT inclusive policies and practices nationwide. Corporations will follow suit, requiring the same commitment of their suppliers.
Multinational corporations will accelerate their proactive efforts to establish visibly inclusive workplaces in the communities where they do business around the globe.
Many corporate voices will join in the call for same gender relationship recognition by the US Supreme Court, will celebrate a favorable decision this summer, and then lead change at the state level where needed to ensure that all employees and their families will have the security that equality brings.
Corporations will actively lobby for the repeal of the “so-called” Defense of Marriage Act, so that all employees and their families can enjoy equal benefits from and the equal protection of their government.
Kevin Jones, Deputy Director
In 2013 my wish is for every member of the LGBT workforce to be able to get a job, keep a job, and develop in a job regardless of their LGBT status or gender identity.
Julie Beach, Associate Director of Career Development & IT Services
I’m looking forward to launching a new Out & Equal website in order to better share the great work we’re doing.
Stanley Ellicott, Communications Project Manager
My hope is that we can move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and realize national protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Companies have done amazing work to protect their employees through their diversity policies and benefits but workplace protections can’t change the 1,138 rights that married couples receive that are not available to LGBT employees in relationships at the federal level. Even if you are single, the challenges of being out, getting, and keeping your job and promotions and being able to bring your perspective into the workplace is an important business imperative that is being lost when employees feel they need to stay in the closet. My resolution for the year is to expand the variety and number of companies Out & Equal works with as they begin to create inclusive workplaces, and to continue to educate and promote the passage of ENDA!
Pat Baillie, Director of Training & Professional Development
This year is one that promises true change as we move one step closer to marriage equality and an executive order requiring federal contractors to create inclusive workplaces that value and respect all employees. My resolution this year is to continue to work each day to convene employers and individuals to advance LGBT workplace equality around the globe.
Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Founding Executive Director
Add your own hopes and resolutions for LGBT equality in the comments below.