Why do we need to talk about Sexuality?4:11 with Michelle Zohlman
Let's discuss the importance of discussing sexuality.
Hopefully you have a better understanding of sexuality, 0:00 and now we all have a similar language so 0:03 we can discuss why this is important in our world, as well as the tech industry. 0:06 Whenever we're talking about identity, 0:11 we want someone to be able to show up at work as their authentic self. 0:13 This means that they don't need to change how they look, act, talk, 0:18 or dress and can be themselves while still having access to things like promotions, 0:23 or job security, like anyone else should. 0:29 We need to become comfortable with discussing the disparities for 0:32 folks who don't identify as straight. 0:36 Each group of the LGBTQ community faces oppression. 0:39 Although some aspects of being LGBTQ can remain hidden, 0:44 we don't want folks to feel as if they can't be themselves. 0:47 This can impact day to day interactions and 0:51 how much someone shares about their life. 0:54 As you learn about someone, 0:57 you wanna hold back from making assumptions about how they identify. 0:59 For example, if someone shares with you that they're in a relationship with 1:03 a woman and identify as a man, you might think they are straight. 1:08 However, maybe they are bisexual or queer. 1:12 Someone might present themselves as a certain sexuality, but 1:15 you want to let them share how they identify if they want to. 1:19 A value at Treehouse is to take care of your family. 1:23 For us to embody this, we recognize that all families are different. 1:28 We intentionally reflect on how we can show our pride as well as offer 1:32 equitable resources and support to these communities. 1:37 Everyone should want their friends, family and 1:41 colleagues to feel comfortable sharing about their life if they want to. 1:44 I have had family members share with me that they are part of the LGBTQ community. 1:47 When they have, I recognize their courage to share with me but 1:53 also acknowledge I supported them, regardless of who they were attracted to. 1:57 I showed my excitement to meet their partner or set them up. 2:02 Here's an interesting disparity to consider. 2:06 Someone who identifies as LGBTQ usually comes out and 2:10 tells people close to them their sexuality. 2:14 This showcases how someone has to announce they're LGBTQ, whereas someone 2:17 who is straight doesn't say to their parents, "Hey Dad, I'm straight." 2:22 I bet that sounds kind of silly to you. 2:27 So why does an LGBTQ individual need to come out, something to think about. 2:30 Safety and belonging are issues for the LGBTQ community. 2:37 The Human Rights Campaign reports that 26% of LGBT youth 2:42 say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by their family, 2:47 trouble at school, or bullying and a fear to be out or open. 2:53 Whereas 22% of non LGBT youth say their biggest 2:58 problems are trouble with class, exams, and grades. 3:03 Think about how this impacts someone. 3:09 This could cause someone to never feel comfortable being who they are. 3:11 Someone might feel as if they need to conform to fit the norm and 3:16 try to come off as straight to fit in. 3:20 If this is happening in youth, this can impact someone in adulthood. 3:22 They may not want to work at a company that doesn't show their support for 3:27 the LGBTQ community through trainings, zero tolerance policies, ERGs etc. 3:32 Although there has been progress, there's still hate and oppression. 3:38 It was only in 2015 when same sex marriage became legal. 3:43 Now there are people who are actively trying to reverse this and 3:47 other protections for the LGBTQ community. 3:52 We need to work together to be active allies to the LGBTQ community 3:55 in our spaces, this shows up in many ways, some we are able to discuss today. 4:01 I encourage you to use this as a stepping stone to learn more. 4:07
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