Culture of CARE Pride Month Resources

Culture of CARE Resources for LGTBQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace

Not only are LGTBQ+ workers under-represented in the construction industry, 46 percent of LGBTQ+ workers are uncomfortable being themselves in the workplace. More can be done to make this community feel welcome and free from discrimination on the job.
Pride Month is a perfect opportunity to re-enforce a welcoming workplace, provide LGTBQ+ education on the job, support to our LGTBQ+ workers, and provide tools for everyone to become a better ally. If you have any questions on the resources provided here, please reach out to Sonja Forster.

LGTBQ+ Awareness and Inclusion  

For the vast majority of our construction workforce who are not part of the LGTBQ+ community, simple awareness about acronyms, and pronouns can go a long way to understanding their fellow LGTBQ+ co-workers. Here are a few resources to get these important conversations started.

LGBTQ+ Acronyms and Microsignals

The LGBTQ+ acronym acknowledges a spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations. Standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer (or Questioning), this and similar acronyms serve to acknowledge the broad spectrum of these identities and celebrates alliance or identification with this community.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion & the Platinum Rule

June has the national designation of LGBTQ+ Pride month in recognition of historic harassment of this community. This Toolbox Talk provides a template for discussing with your crew why the topic of LGTBQ+ inclusion is necessary and welcome on the jobsite.  

Being an Ally to your LGTBQ+ Co-workers

Visual representation of LGTBQ+ inclusion, and practicing bystander intervention on the job are powerful components to developing a more inclusive culture. Utilize hard hat stickers, posters, and empowering toolbox talks to help!

Pride Month Hardhat Sticker

Use the link to download print-ready hard hat sticker art. Use it to order hardhat stickers for your entire company, or to brand your company communications with LGTBQ+ friendly images. The AGC Seattle office has a limited quantity of hardhat stickers available on a first come, first served basis. To have a quantity of stickers mailed to your office please email Penny Schmitt.

How to Speak Up

We all have a responsibility to help end everyday discrimination on the job site. Often, these issues more pervasive because anti-LGTBQ+, racist and sexist comments and actions are tolerated and not confronted.
The How to Speak Up Toolbox Talk has helpful tips on meaningful ways to speak up and engage.

Pride Month Poster

Print a poster of Culture of CARE Pride Month resources for your jobsite:

Building Up LGBTQ+ Poster – page size

Building Up LGBTQ+ Poster – 17”x22”

Provide LGTBQ+ Support & Community

Knowing our LGTBQ+ employees face discrimination we don’t know about, it’s important to acknowledge the disproportionate effects on mental health and the need for these workers to find community in their daily lives.

LGBTQ+ Monthly Virtual Meetup

Help your employees connect to the LGTBQ+ community through the Reckoning Trade Project monthly affinity group meetings. These regular virtual meetups are one of the diverse community access points supported by RTP. Join every fourth Thursday of the month from 6-7pm PST for community, conversation, resources, and fun. 

Register for the Zoom link:

Support LGTBQ+ Construction Non-profits

A great way to top off your support during Pride Month is to donate to non-profits who support the LGTBQ+ community. Reckoning Trade Project, who provides the aforementioned affinity group, provides a whole host of resources for LGTBQ+ workers. Among the many benefits they provide are workforce development and training, on the job awareness training, and mentorship opportunities.  Click here to learn more about how to support Reckoning Trade Project.