8 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Workplace More LGBTQ+ Inclusive

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Even though LGBTQ+ people have always been part of the workforce, many employers are now considering queer and trans folks’ specific needs for the first time. On a larger scale, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in June 2020 that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, LGBTQ+ workers are protected from workplace discrimination. Affirming the 6-3 majority, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote, "An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."

While this is welcome (and long overdue) news for queer and trans workers, it’s still up to employers to put these notions into action. From hiring practices and staff trainings to offering inclusive parental leave and trans-affirming healthcare options, there’s a lot that can be done to make queer and trans employees not only feel more welcome but also feel safe and respected. Needless to say, cultivating a more inclusive workplace environment — whether in person or remotely — is essential, and we’ve rounded up some great ways to enact that necessary change.