Beyond the Blame Game: Religion and LGBTQ Inclusion at Work

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S6-B
When: April 18, 2019
Location/Room: M 100 FGH
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Leslie Funk, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding  |  Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National


Internationally and locally, conflicts between religious and LGBTQ communities are making headlines, from the question of whether marriage equality will survive the current sociopolitical environment to the fight for basic civil rights. Religious communities are also being accused of being homophobic, but are all the voices from those communities being heard?

When we bring our whole selves to work, outside tensions influence workplace interactions. In the workplace, these conflicts manifest in many ways, from uncomfortable conversations to overt discrimination. The resulting assumption is that these conflicts are inevitable and unavoidable. Leslie Funk of Tanenbaum and Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG will unpack this assumption by identifying the misconceptions and oversimplifications that too often derail constructive conversations about this topic and result in blame shifting.

The session will provide participants with parameters and possibilities for mitigating conflicts and creating cultures of inclusion for everyone at work, regardless of how employees identify.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the ways that religious and LGBT identities may intersect at work
  2. Explore parameters and possibilities for mitigating conflicts that must be overcome in addressing religious and LGBTQ inclusion at work
  3. Identify concrete next steps to create a culture of inclusion for all

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