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Developing an Inclusive Hiring Process for the LGBTQ+ Community

Written By Michael Ferrara

Created on 2023-02-09 14:31

Published on 2023-02-16 16:47

We see a busy office, with employees working at their desks and conferring in groups. We focus on Joe, a middle-aged man who works as a project manager. He appears stressed and uncomfortable.

"I don't know how to handle this," Joe admits to himself, "I've never worked with someone like this before."

Joe watches a new employee, Sam, walk by. Sam is a transgender person and Joe is visibly uncomfortable around them.

Joe continues, “I don't understand them. I don't know what to say or do. I just want to do my job and not make a mistake.”

The rest of the day passes in a similar fashion, with Joe trying to avoid any interaction with Sam. However, at the end of the day, as everyone is leaving the office, Joe finds himself cornered by Sam in the elevator.

Sam makes an introduction to Joe. “Hi, I'm Sam. I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I'm really excited to be here.”

Joe nods awkwardly, not making eye contact.

Joe, stammering, says “Y-y-yes, hi. I'm Joe.”

The rest of the ride is uncomfortable, with neither of them speaking. When the elevator reaches the ground floor, Joe quickly exits, still avoiding eye contact.

Later that night, Joe is sitting on his couch at home, staring at the TV but not really watching it. He looks pensive and troubled.

Joe is thinking “I can't keep avoiding Sam. It's not fair to them and it's not fair to me. I need to educate myself and understand their situation.”

The next day at work, Joe makes an effort to engage with Sam and start a conversation. They talk about their interests, hobbies, and lives outside of work. Joe starts to see Sam as a person, rather than just a transgender coworker.

In the office, later in the weekday, Joe and Sam are working on a project together and they are laughing and joking as they complete their tasks.

Joe tells himself, “I was wrong. Sam is just like anyone else. They have feelings, hopes, and dreams, just like I do. I'm glad I took the time to get to know them.”

In this story, Joe learns to confront his biases and become more accepting of others, regardless of their gender identity. It's important for everyone to understand and respect the experiences and identities of those around them in the workplace and beyond.

In today's society, it is important to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment for all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. This is particularly true when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, which continues to face discrimination and bias in the workplace. Here are several tips to help you create an LGBTQ+-friendly hiring process.

Additional resources

Advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion in the workplace, the Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, Out & Equal, and PFLAG offer valuable resources and support for businesses and community members alike.


In conclusion, creating an LGBTQ+-friendly hiring process is crucial in building a diverse and inclusive workplace. By following these tips, you can help to create a welcoming environment for all employees and foster a culture of inclusivity.

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