1- Understand your biases and don’t make assumptions. Most of the time you don’t know who is an LGBT person unless they tell you. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people span many dimensions of diversity in your workplace; generation, ethnicity, religion, work function, communication style, etc.

2- Know that LGBT people are not looking for special treatment but want the same protections everyone else gets. Everyone needs to feel included and integrated into the success of your organization, so they can do their best work.

That also means do not hire someone who is not qualified just because they are LGBT. Like any other employee if someone is inappropriate, or not working, take corrective action. There are many other talented and qualified LGBT people.

3- Don’t assume that being an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) person means they have a “different lifestyle.” Stop yourself and other people from using that term. LGBT come in all colors, ethnic backgrounds, have families, and people they love. They have a diversity of interests, recreational activities and lifestyles.

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