"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our
diversity and debate our differences without fracturing
"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be
ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give
each other space so that we may both give and receive
such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy,
healing, and inclusion."
-Max de Pree
"It is time for parents to teach young people early on
that in diversity there is beauty and there is
"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can
help make the world safe for diversity."
-John F. Kennedy
"For as long as the power of America's diversity is
diminished by acts of discrimination and violence
against people just because they are black, Hispanic,
Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome."
"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every
right that you claim for yourself."
-Robert Green Ingersoll
"We need diversity of thought in the world to face the
"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire
whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business
and, in fact, it's nobody's business. What we are asked
to do is to love, and this love itself will render both
ourselves and our neighbors worthy."
"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own
beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or
persecution of others."
-John F. Kennedy
What is Culture?
Strangers Are Friends You
Haven't Met Yet
Black Guy & White Girlfriend in Harlem Barber Shop
Ultimate Wedding Party
Faces From Around the World
No More Trouble
Diversity: Differences Are Essential
"If you dream of a world in which you can put your
partner's picture on your desk, then put her picture on
your desk...and you will live in such a world. And if
you dream of a world in which you can walk down the
street holding your partner's hand, then hold her
hands...and you will live in such a world. If you dream
of a world in which there are more openly gay elected
officials, then run for office...and you will live in
such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you
can take your partner to the office party, even if your
office is the US House of Representatives, then take her
to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world.
Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed
--- them and us. We are half of the equation."
-Tammy Baldwin / US Senator
"When schools and other institutions seek to convey to
the public that they value diversity and embrace
multiculturalism, oftentimes they tend to take a rather
narrow approach. In making genuine efforts to create an
open and affirming environment for all their students or
constituents, they may define diversity in a manner that
is sometimes too limiting. To foster a truly inclusive
environment, schools and institutions must consider a
broader definition of diversity and more
all-encompassing view of multiculturalism. Any diversity
training with broad-based credibility must address a
wide range of minorities and sub cultures than includes
race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion,
politics, and personality. Any
meaningful discussion of diversity issues should also include
sexual orientation and gender identity and seek to raise
awareness about the concerns of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, and queer people."
-Michael Lebeau /LGBTQ Ally and Affirming Counselor
Stand By Me
Proud to Be: Coming Together to Celebrate Identity
Born Free and Equal
"There's a fear that when you're talking about gays and
lesbians, you're talking about sex. I don't think that's
true. I think you're talking about a community, and
you're talking about people relating to each other, and
not specifically about sex. I don't think talking about
gay and lesbian sex is appropriate for elementary
school. But talking about different communities and
about bias and discrimination and how it affects
people's lives is appropriate."
-Cora Sangree / School Teacher
"Thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people are out of the closet in the corporate world
today, including senior executives in Disney, AT&T,
American Airlines, Microsoft, McDonalds, Goldman Sachs,
Clorox and IBM, to name a few, but the majority of us
are still hidden despite promises by our companies that
nothing bad will happen to us if we come out. Toward the
end of 20 diversity training sessions I did for 800
senior managers at a major banking firm, having heard
them all describe the company's working environment as
very welcoming for gay people, I asked them why it was
then that only two people out of the 800 had yet to
identify themselves as gay in an affirming four-hour
program on gay and transgender issues. If it's so safe,
where are they? I asked. They decided maybe it wasn't as
welcoming as they had assumed. Gay and transgender
people who are out of the closet today often report
feeling invisible. They either become the person to whom
every heterosexual turns for information on the gay
community, or, more likely, they are marginalized.
Closeted gay people see how their openly gay colleagues
have become identified more as gay than as team players,
and they decide to continue to expend the extraordinary
energy it takes to hide who they are. This problem can
-Brian McNaught/Diversity Trainer
Celebrating Diversity: Photography That Sounds Good
Be My Honey Pie
Proud to Play: Celebrating LGBTQ Athletes
People From Around the World
Wake Up Everybody
for Your Neighbors
your neighbors as real people. See them for who they
really are. Look past the obvious, the surface, the
outer shell, and look into their eyes, their hearts, and
Be humble. Ask for forgiveness and offer forgiveness.
Celebrate and mourn with others. Walk alongside your
neighbors. Put yourself in their shoes. Be empathetic
and compassionate. Rejoice when they rejoice and mourn
when they mourn. Laugh with them and cry with them.
Share in their joy and also share in their pain and
Learn and be teachable. Allow your neighbors to
challenge your thinking without taking offense or
becoming bitter. Be open to new ideas and perspectives.
Try to understand someone else's point of view. Accept
constructive criticism. Be informed and knowledgeable.
Ask hard questions of yourself. Examine your thoughts,
behaviors, and beliefs.
Refuse to be judgmental.
Cultural Diversity: Making Music Together
A Place for Everyone
Desmond Tutu: Why We Should Celebrate Differences
Proud to Love: Celebrating Marriage Equality and LGBTQ
Human diversity is a normal, natural thing. We teach our
kids that it is alright to be different, but we donít
tell them how different it is okay to be. Today, the
most common place to study differences of the world is
in the classroom. If children are to grow up prepared to
live in a complex, multicultural society, more issues of
diversity need to be discussed in the classroom. The
issue of sexual orientation has become of great
importance to todayís children. Researchers and social
scientist suggest that 1 to 3 of every 10 students is
either gay or lesbian, or has an immediate family member
With the an increasingly diverse workforce and consumer
market, and the rise of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender workforce over the last decade, many
employers struggle to help their established workforce
adapt, and furthermore to bring new staff into the
In a 2006
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, 76
percent of HR professionals indicated that their
organizations provided training on diversity issues.
SHRM broke diversity training into several categories:
anti-discrimination training, diversity awareness
training, cultural awareness training, diversity
management/leadership training, diversity
knowledge/skills-based training, or dimension-specific
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's records
show that more than half of the Fortune 500 provide some
form of diversity training that includes sexual
orientation, and most of all the employers that prohibit
discrimination based on gender identity have some form
of related diversity training.
having an inclusive equal employment opportunity or
non-discrimination statement, employers need to
communicate these policies to all of their employees.
But, in doing so, many employees will require guidance
with basic information:
Who does this affect? The non-discrimination policy
applies to everyone, including employees, job
applicants, customers and clients.
What are we talking about? What do the terms "sexual
orientation" and "gender identity" mean? How do those
terms apply to everyone?
Why does the business care? Explain the business
rationale. For example, "we want all employees to feel
safe and comfortable so they can be productive." What
laws come into play?
How does this affect us? How should we acknowledge
people who differ from ourselves on these
Preferably, most diversity training is done proactively,
and many employers opt to go into greater depth with
managers. However, employers may find an issue arise
within a particular worksite or workgroup that requires
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