32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

(CANCELED) Beyond the Blame Game: Religion and LGBTQ Inclusion at Work

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S4-B
When: March 12, 2020
Location/Room: M100GF
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 socio-political 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. We will unpack this assumption by identifying the misconceptions and oversimplifications that often derail constructive conversations about this topic and result in blame-shifting. Participants will be provided with parameters and possibilities for mitigating conflicts and creating cultures of inclusion for everyone at work.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand ways that religious and LGBTQ identities may intersect at work
  • Explore possibilities to mitigate conflicts based on stereotypes and pitfalls to overcome in addressing religious and LGBTQ inclusion at work
  • Identify concrete next steps to create a culture of inclusion for all at work


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