The Out & Equal LGBT Workplace Advocates held their 2014 Workplace Summit in San Francisco from November 3rd to November 6th, 2014. This annual Summit provides a place for experts from around the world to share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality, inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions.
This year’s summit included a Bisexual Track which consisted of workshops focused on bisexuality in every session. In addition, there were Bisexual Roundtable Discussions and a Bisexual Community Reception was sponsored. Corporations and government entities attended who are committed to creating workplaces that are welcoming and supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender employees. Many of the workshops offered ideas and assistance as to how to develop policies and programs that can lead to equitable work environments. This year speakers included; Billie Jean King, Selisse Berry, Olympia Dukakis, Armistead Maupin, Lee Daniels & Kate Clinton. Entertainment will be provided by King Louis, Beach Blanket Babylon, Dragon Dancers, David Hernandez, Martha Wash, Veronica Klause, Thea Austin & SWAG Chorus.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates collaborates with Human Resource and employee groups to ensure that everyone has the knowledge and tools they need to deliver on their commitment to workplace equality. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is still being debated in Congress. One national survey shows that many Americans don’t understand that workplace safeguards are necessary to protect basic workplace safeguards for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
Nearly 2,500 attendees were registered from more than 30 countries. LGBT employees and straight allies, along with human resources and diversity professionals, representing a broad cross-section of the nation’s leading companies—a majority from the Fortune 500 – are now set to participate in this year’s Summit, focused on achieving workplace equality.