New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of a new resource guide called “Work It, NYC: A Guide to LGBTQI+ Workplace Inclusivity” that aims to provide organizations with the tools and education to better support the LGBTQI+ community.
The manual, which was created by the NYC Unity Project and the NYC Center for Youth Employment, provides insight into the challenges and obstacles that LGBTQI+ people face in employment and professional environments.
The manual offers specific training needs and resources to help combat the disparities that the LGBTQI+ community have to deal with. Using the guide, leaders can have the awareness and prepare for interventions to protect LGBTQI+ people from discrimination and violence.
For instance, the guide includes an overview of key concepts and vocabulary to better understand different LGBTQI+ identities and use the correct, most respectful language.
Additionally, the manual highlights the legal obligations all businesses and employers must abide by to support LGBTQI+ people.
It also focuses on the importance of understanding the trauma that many members of the LGBTQI+ community have dealt with and offers insight into how to better support transgender, gender noncorming and nonbinary program participants.
“LGBTQI+ New Yorkers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, period,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The ‘Work It, NYC’ manual will give our providers and local organizations the tools to better serve LGBTQI+ jobseekers as we emerge from the pandemic and create an economy that works for everyone.”