LGBTQ+ Construction Resources

01 June 2021

Are you looking for LGBTQ+ Resources in construction? Look no further, in this article we cover Pride month history, where to find diversity and inclusion training, causes and organizations to follow, and much more. 

June is Pride Month, a celebration across the globe supporting, honoring, and recognizing the LGBTQ+ community. Organizations, communities, and workplaces around the world use this time to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. 

GoContractor wholeheartedly supports and encourages a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe it’s critical for organizations to not only openly voice their support to the LGBTQ+ community, but to also take meaningful action through education, donation, and resource sharing. Keep reading for our suggested LGBTQ+ resources in construction. 

What is pride month and why do we celebrate?

LGBTQ+ Pride Month started in the U.S. to honor the Stonewall riots that happened in June 1969. The riots were a series of impromptu demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn located in New York City.

As a result, June is now celebrated around the world as Pride month. During the month of June, events are held to celebrate and honor the impact LGBTQ+ people have made on the world. It also serves as a time to celebrate living life out loud, without fear of judgment, ridicule, or violence. 

What is diversity and inclusion training?

Diversity and inclusion training empowers employees to work harmoniously with others of differing abilities, backgrounds, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and more. Diversity and inclusion training, particularly at an executive level, is critical for a safe and productive workplace. 

Where can I find diversity and inclusion training?

There are many resources offering diversity and inclusion training, and even individuals that companies can employee or contract to help lead this training for them. Linked below are suggested places to start to learn more about diversity and inclusion training: 

  1. 15 Best Diversity and Inclusion Books for 2021
  2. LGBTQ+ History Month – Allies Toolbox Talk, webinar
  3. Allies Toolbox Talk Support Pack 

What should I include in a Pride Toolbox Talk?

For years, construction workers, like many other employees, have experienced the risk of bullying and even termination as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

From ENR News, “Jackie Richter, who was transitioning from male to female at the time, says a concrete contractor who wanted to hire her said, “You’ve got the experience, you’ve got the knowledge, and you’d be a great part of our team … but leave your girl clothes home and come as a man.” The same year, a successful architect, who wishes to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisals, said he was fired when the owners of his company monitored his texts and found out he was gay.” 

Speaking about inclusion in the workplace is critical for safe work environments, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community. That’s why toolbox talks on the matter are essential. Persons at every level in an organization should be aware that discrimination in any manner is unacceptable, and that there is zero tolerance for bullying, ostracizing, or firing a person based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Your toolbox talk should cover the following:

  1. History of Pride Month and why it’s celebrated
  2. Introduction and overview of appropriate and desired pronouns
  3. Your company’s dedication to the inclusion of all individuals
  4. Your company’s no-tolerance policy
  5. Resources for employees to learn more or access support 

Where can I find LGBTQ+ Resources in construction?

Resources for LGBTQ+ persons and allies specific to construction are out there. We suggest checking out these non-profits who focus directly on supporting LBGTQ+ individuals in the construction industry:

  1. The Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange (Qu-AKE) is a national, nonprofit, inclusive network for professionals working in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, geosciences, and construction. This organization shares many resources all professionals in the construction industry can utilize. We suggest joining their mailing list to receive updates and resources. 
  2. Build out Alliance promotes and advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community within the building design and construction industry. Their members create an environment where people work openly and with pride across all roles and sectors of the industry. The organization leads by example in their own work environments and through partnerships with community organizations. Build out Alliance hosts many events throughout the year to educate, support, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the built world. 
Sonya Sikra

Sonya is the Brand Strategy Manager at GoContractor. She specializes in communicating how implementing tech in construction can drive productivity and profit.

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