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1 Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society
Sexual Diversity Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML

2 Overview of Presentation
Objective To provide an awareness and appreciation of diversity in sexual orientation Structure Facts and Stats Homosexuality in the Working Environment Resources


4 Portrait of Gay America
"Out and strong", overall 97% are "out" and more females than males are "out" to their families, friends and at work 53% of females are partnered verses 42% of males with the largest percentage who have been together between 4 – 7 years 12% of males and 15% of females are employed by a government entity GLCensus Partners ( Study – A Syracuse University and OpusComm Group research partnership.

5 Portrait of Gay America
57% of males and 45% of females live in cities 67% of males and 72% of females are registered Democrats 77% respondents feel legal recognition of same-sex marriage for tax, estate and insurance purposes extremely important in voting for a candidate GLCensus Partners ( Study – A Syracuse University and OpusComm Group research partnership.

6 Portrait of Gay America
Same-sex partners live in 99.3% of all counties, according to the 2000 Census Wisconsin State Increases: Wisconsin State Urban vs Rural Distribution Year Men Women Total Increase 1990 1,011 991 2,002 - 2000 3,862 4,370 8,232 311% Year Urban Total Rural Total Percent Urban Percent Rural 1990 1,724 278 86% 14% 2000 6,181 2,051 75% 25%

7 What’s the Point? Integration is a good thing
Increased awareness, knowledge and positive interaction with people of a different orientation produces understanding and acceptance. Interaction is mutually beneficial LGBT have considerable buying power that is only expected to rise and they spend part of this money on their pets!

8 LGBT and Pet Ownership LGBT are more likely to own pets than heterosexuals GLCensus Partners, Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census Study 78.5% of respondents own a pet One-fifth spend $300 - $432 a year on pet products Witeck-Combs, Harris Interactive 2007 Study Nine in Ten LGBT Owners Consider Pets Part of the Family 64% Have Bought Their Pets Holiday Gifts

9 Attracting LGBT Clients
Importance of peer referrals LGBT Community Networking Advertise in LGBT press and cultural events Join in LGBT Chambers of Commerce or other organizations Donate time/service to LGBT community events and projects Speaker for workshops/events Referral lists from LGBT organizations

10 LGBT Friendly Office Non-discrimination policy – posted
Employee sensitivity training Employee affirmation/signature Zero tolerance in effect 24/7 on premises

11 Equal Employment Opportunity Policies
Human Rights Campaign Standards Clear declaration of non-discrimination Both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” Anti-harassment or other corporate statements are insufficient These are not inclusive policies

12 Sample Equal Employment Opportunity Policies
"Capital One prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or veteran status.“ – Capital One, equal employment opportunity policy, amended Nov. 11, 2002

13 HRC Corporate Equality Index
CEI surveys participating Fortune 1000, AmLaw Top 200 Law Firms, in addition to any private, for-profit business with over 500 employees domestically Rating Criteria Non-discrimination policy, diversity training — sexual orientation (20 points) Non-discrimination policy, diversity training & benefits — gender identity or expression (25 points) Domestic Partner benefits (25 points) LGBT employee resource group / diversity council (15 points)

14 HRC Corporate Equality Index
Rating Criteria Engages in appropriate and respectful advertising and marketing or sponsors LGBT community events or organizations (15 points) Employer does not engage in action that would undermine LGBT equality (-15 points) Used to produce the Buying for Equality guide Includes Pet Care recommendations

15 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
What makes a company the right place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees--and their friends and families--to work? Inclusive benefits for same-sex partners of employees Strong diversity training programs Recruitment efforts aimed at LGBT people Vitality of the company's LGBT employee-resource group 100% rating on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

16 DiversityInc Methodology
Companies must demonstrate consistent strength in four key areas: CEO Commitment is the most heavily weighted area in the survey Human Capital includes race/ethnicity/ gender/age demographics; also includes questions on work/life benefits and recruitment strategies, including those aimed at LGBT people and people with disabilities

17 DiversityInc Methodology
Corporate and Organizational Communications examines internal factors as employee-resource groups, mentoring, and external factors as philanthropic contributions, multicultural marketing Supplier Diversity looks at the percent of procurement budgets spent with suppliers owned by Blacks, Latinos, Asians, American Indians, women, LGBT people and people with disabilities

18 2009 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
Ernst & Young Wells Fargo & Co Pricewaterhouse-Coopers IBM Aetna KPMG Sodexo AT&T Cisco Systems Johnson & Johnson

19 DiversityInc’s 7 Thing Never to Say to LGBT Coworkers
“I suspected you were gay.” Insensitive and plays into stereotypes “I’m sorry.” Implies judgment. Would you apologize for a person’s ethnicity or gender? “Why did you tell me that?” Important for people to bring their whole selves to work “Which bathroom do you use?” Gender questions are inappropriate

20 DiversityInc’s 7 Thing Never to Say to LGBT Coworkers
“We are not close enough for you to share that information with me.” If you feel a colleague may have shared too much information you can simply say, “Thank you for telling me that.” Referring to coworkers as “she-male.” Transgender employees often are the brunt of culturally insensitive jokes and comments. “What do you like to do in bed?” Sexual questions and comments are always off limits. You are teetering on the line of sexual harassment.

21 Resources Human Rights Campaign (
Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association ( Human Rights Campaign ( Wisconsin State Website Career Services Penn UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center Website

22 Universities with LGVMA Chapters
Cornell University North Carolina State University The Ohio State University Ross University University of California, Davis University of Georgia University of Guelph University of Montreal University of Pennsylvania University of Wisconsin-Madison

23 Resources Human Rights Campaign (
Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association ( Human Rights Campaign ( Wisconsin State Website Career Services Penn UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center Website

24 “In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.” Simone de Beauvoir

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