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Wednesday, December 2 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Interacting With Your Gay & Lesbian Colleagues

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Our society is increasingly more open on social issues; this includes more pubic openness by gay and lesbian members of society. In Extension we have gay and lesbian colleagues, volunteers, community partners with whom we interface regularly.  Based on our experiences and exposure we each have different levels of comfort and skills in these interactions.

My experience in Extension has shown that while making advances we have significant work, individually and collectively, to gain a higher level of acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals. I hear many stories of Extension colleagues who fear being 'out'. Acceptance is critical to a healthy work environment for all colleagues, as well as to an organization aiming to be accessible to those who define themselves as coming from those communities.

This session has been presented to University classes, Community Leadership Series and Extension professionals. It offers a personal voice with concrete examples that relate to the workplace.  It will offer a dialog for appropriate language and subtle ways to support an accepting work environment.  Participants will be encouraged to come with their own specific questions for an open conversation.  Participants will also be challenged to vision what work does Extension need to do in order to be more welcoming to clients who are LGBT? This session is pertinent to the full breadth of Extension professionals from field staff to administrators and across all program areas. Our goal is to facilitate a journey of acceptance and inclusion for and by all.

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Jeffrey Myers

University of Maryland Extension

Wednesday December 2, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
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