LGBTQ+ Allyship: Curated LinkedIn Learning Path

Be a stronger ally for LGBTQ+ colleagues with this curated LinkedIn Learning path. Learn what it means to be an ally, the challenges LGBTQ+ folks face, and actionable steps you can take to support them. Read on to learn how to recognize your privilege, navigate complex situations, and be a more effective ally.

Learning to be an LGBTQ+ Ally

I recently assisted an organization’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) by curating an LGBTQ+ Allyship LinkedIn Learning path. The only problem is that the learning paths are only available for folks within that organization. This severely limits the audience. And let’s face it:  we need as many allies as we can get for our LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community.

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LGBTQ+ Allyship Learning Path

Gain a foundational understanding of allyship, explore the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace, and learn practical ways to take action as an ally. By the end of this path, you’ll have the tools and knowledge needed to support LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace and beyond. You can go straight to the learning path on LinkedIn or continue reading.

Navigation note: The Path is divided into 3 sections: Understanding Allyship, Acknowledging Challenges, and Taking Action. I've numbered the sections for easier navigation. Clicking on each heading within the sections will take you directly to the video on LinkedIn Learning.

1. Understanding Allyship

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Bela stands with a large poster at Club Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts. The poster text reads: Club Cafe believes Black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, science is real, no human is illegal, kindness is everything, love is love, welcome back! Club Cafe is a safe space and will not tolerate any form of aggression, violence, or intolerance of others. Be kind!

What It Means to Be an Ally

In this video, learn how to articulate a key aspect of allyship: recognizing your own privilege and using it in support of marginalized colleagues. Acknowledging your own privilege and how you can use it in support of others is the first step in becoming an effective ally.

Why You Should Care About Allyship

Learn the major benefits of allyship for workplace culture, for colleagues, and for yourself. When you recognize the benefits of allyship, you will be more motivated to become an ally.

The Allyship Model

Learn how to articulate a key aspect of allyship: recognizing your own privilege and using it in support of marginalized colleagues. Acknowledging your own privilege and how you can use it in support of others is the first step in becoming an effective ally.

Who Can Be an Ally?

When leaders recognize you have to earn the title of “ally,” they can be purposeful with their actions in the workplace. When it comes to being an ally, words are not enough. This video explains what an ally is and who can be an ally.

2. Acknowledging Challenges

A handheld sign with the trans flag colors of light blue, light pink, and white with "Trans Rights are Human Rights".
A handheld sign with the trans flag colors of light blue, light pink, and white with "Trans Rights are Human Rights".

Acknowledge LGBTQ+ Workplace Barriers

Learn about the average day of a fictional colleague, Sarah, and then see how to contextualize her experiences with those shared among other LGBTQ+ workers. The purpose of this video is highlight existing barriers for LGBTQ+ people in the workforce.

Sexual Orientation Equity

Using marriage equality and equal access to restrooms for the transgender community, you can begin to understand sexual orientation equity. Learn about how to identify and explain the concept of sexual orientation equity.

Gender Pay Equity for Women, Men, and LGBTQ

After watching this video, learners will be able to properly describe how a lack of salary negotiation and socialized norms can affect the gender pay equity gap.

Double Discrimination and Intersectionality

Bias isn’t limited to gender. Women can also experience biases due to their race, sexual orientation, a disability, or other aspects of their identity—and the compounded discrimination can be significantly greater than the sum of its parts. When different types of discrimination interconnect and overlap, this is called intersectionality.

3. Taking Action

A group of diverse people are wearing brightly colored clothes featuring rainbow colors.  They’re responsibly wearing face masks while carrying signs, megaphones, and rainbow cups. The signs say: Love is Love, LGBT, and Fight for Equality.
A group of diverse people are wearing brightly colored clothes featuring rainbow colors. They’re responsibly wearing face masks while carrying signs, megaphones, and rainbow cups. The signs say: Love is Love, LGBT, and Fight for Equality.

Allies for ERGs

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) serve the broader organization and the core groups they support. In this video, learn how allies can support ERGs.

Adopt an Allyship Mindset

In this video, learn why adopting an allyship mindset is at the heart of authentic communication in a culturally diverse workplace. Adopting an allyship mindset starts with developing an awareness of the UK’s protected groups.

What Can You Do if You Say or Do the Wrong Thing?

In this video, learn how tools for apologizing and using mistakes to grow, as well as practicing micro-affirmations, checking and updating the language you use, and expanding your comfort zone.

Importance of Gender-Neutral Language

Gender-specific language has been shown to both distort mental models and make people feel excluded and forgotten. This video looks at the problems created by gender-specific language and how you can begin to incorporate gender-neutral language into your communication.

Inclusivity Pledge

In this video, explore the take-aways from the course, skills for inclusive conversations, and the inclusivity pledge.

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