5 things everyone should be doing to support their LGBTQ coworkers

Business Insider | 10/11/2019 | Gabby Landsverk
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This week, the Supreme Court has taken on three major cases that will determine the future of LGBTQ+ rights at work in the US.

As such, your LGBTQ+ colleagues may be feeling particularly stressed out and vulnerable.

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However you identify, here are some things you can do to support the LGBTQ+ people around you, especially those at work.

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This week, the Supreme Court took on three landmark cases that will determine whether gay, ****, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise queer people have certain rights at work.

Currently, there are no federal laws in the U.S. against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, although there are a few state-by-state protections. This means it's possible to be fired for being gay or transgender in large parts of the country, and the Supreme Court could decide to keep it this way.

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As such, now is a great time to be a good ally to those LBGTQ+ people in your life, especially in the workplace, according to Judith Glassgold, a psychologist and chair of a sexual orientation task force for the American Psychological Association.

"LGBTQ+ employees may be stressed out and feeling vulnerable," Glassgold told Insider. "People may want to reach out to friends and colleagues in simple ways to say, 'How can I help?'"

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Here's how else you can make your workplace a safe, supportive place year-round.

A great way to create a safe and welcoming climate is to celebrate LGBTQ+ holidays and other events like National Coming Out Day and Pride Month as part of normal office culture.

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Another good strategy is to highlight the work of LGBTQ+ colleagues and be proactive in creating an environment where they feel comfortable talking about their experiences, said Nicholas Grant, a psychologist who specializes in LGTBQ+ issues and public policy.

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