Gay Issues in the Workplace

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What gay people want and need

The cost of anti-gay behavior

How to respond to people who quote the Bible

Making allies of heterosexual coworkers

A corporate consultant/educator shows business people and corporate managers how anti-gay bias impacts the entire work force and harms corporate productivity. The author of On Being Gay...

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What gay people want and need

The cost of anti-gay behavior

How to respond to people who quote the Bible

Making allies of heterosexual coworkers

A corporate consultant/educator shows business people and corporate managers how anti-gay bias impacts the entire work force and harms corporate productivity. The author of On Being Gay presents a field-tested approach to coping with prejudice and eliminating destructive behaviors from the workplace.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Clear, well-organized and straightforward, McNaught's book is an excellent resource. This is a book for gays to read and share with their colleagues and, when possible, their employers . . . a significant index of how lesbians and gay men are transforming society by being out in the workplace."—Genre

"A 'must-read' for diversity trainers."—Jerry Dark, Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Georgia Tech University

"An excellent, hands-on managerial guide book."—Lambda Book Report

"Essential reading . . . a clear and comprehensive primer offering a sensible and sensitive guide."—Ed Mickens, editor and publisher, Working It Out: The Newsletter for Gay and Lesbian Employment Issues

"A useful handbook."—Publishers Weekly

"Straights and gays alike have something to learn from this concise, academic and human book. Historic facts and definitions provide a sound basis for understanding, and McNaught's anecdotal flourishes from work and family life bring the material well into the '90s."—Southern Voice

"Every manager and employee who takes our course on 'Homophobia in the Workplace' will receive a copy of this book. Brian McNaught has an incredible skill in helping people understand and respond to gay issues in a nonthreatening way."—Sheila Landers, Personnel Services Manager at AT&T Network Systems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312117986
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Stonewall Inn Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,349,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian McNaught is an award-winning writer, sexuality educator, and consultant on the issues facing gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In the last five years, he has trained several thousand employees of AT&T and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) on the topic of "Homophobia in the Workplace." Since 1974, Mr. McNaught has spoken at nearly one hundred universities and has produced numerous educational materials on homosexuality and on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). From 1982 to 1984 he served as the Mayor of Boston's liaison to the gay and lesbian community.

Mr. McNaught is the author of the popular book On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love (St. Martin's Press, 1988) and is featured in videos "A Conversation with Brian McNaught on Being Gay" and "Gay Issues in the Workplace: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Employees Speak for Themselves with Brian McNaught" (TRB Productions, 1986, 1993). He received his degree in journalism from Marquette University in 1970. A native of Detroit, Mr. McNaught now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Premises 1
Ch. 2 Why Gay People Come Out 12
Ch. 3 What it Means to Be Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual 25
Ch. 4 How Gay People Come Out 35
Ch. 5 Homophobia and Heterosexism 47
Ch. 6 What Gay Employees Want 65
Ch. 7 Common Questions 92
Ch. 8 A Model Workshop 117
Epilogue: From Here to Where? 137
Appendix A Resources 140
Appendix B Sources 149
About the Author 153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Finally a book that takes this subject seriously

    Most of the books on this subject have little hard information and chapter after chapter of personal stories and top ten lists. Nice but not very helpful. Brian McNaught's book is the exception to the rule. Before reading this book, I didn't know if it was appropriate for gay people to come out at work or even what issues gay people face in the workplace. This book addresses all that and much more in simple, easy to understand language. I highly recommend this book to gays and heterosexuals alike, especially if you are in Human Resources.

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