HRC’s Workplace Equality Program Will Develop Innovative, Comprehensive eLearning Resources on LGBTQ Inclusion
WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that the Verizon Foundation is committing $1 million over two years to launch a new professional development and training initiative to help drive transformational change for LGBTQ workers. In partnership with the Verizon Foundation, HRC will create eLearning resources and training that would deliver evidence-based professional development designed to change the daily lives of LGBTQ workers.
HRC’s Workplace Equality Program trains tens of thousands of professionals on the fundamentals of creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ workers. However, the program is limited in its ability to reach broader audiences by the in-person nature of its offering. With the support from the Verizon Foundation, for a new digital approach to training, the Workplace Equality Program can reach millions of professionals and make a defining difference in the lives of LGBTQ people domestically and globally.
Due to the multi-year contribution from the Verizon Foundation, the HRC Foundation will develop eLearning modules for corporate audiences to dramatically shift the level of competency around LGBTQ people and the challenges facing the community. The shift to a more virtual training climate is not only necessary in the new COVID-19 environment, but it is also the best way to reach people where they are, in urban, suburban and rural communities from coast to coast and globally.
HRC’s Workplace Equality Program has a long track record of driving LGBTQ-inclusive policies in workplaces through its Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which has been administered for 20 years and is the national benchmarking survey.
Despite incredible progress in terms of broad public support for LGBTQ equality and in great strides being made across sectors adopting LGBTQ-inclusive policies, millions of people still do not feel comfortable being out at work. In A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide, HRC Foundation sought to uncover the prevalence of LGBTQ workers feeling pressure to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity on the job and the cost of that hiding both to individuals and employers writ large. Approximately 80 percent of non-LGBTQ people report that they feel LGBTQ people “should not have to hide who they are at work,” however, 36 percent of non-LGBTQ people would feel uncomfortable hearing an LGBTQ coworker talk about their social lives, dating or related subjects.
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