LGBTQ2SIA+ Inclusion Tool

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Work & Inclusion: Including LGBTQ2SIA+ members in the life of our union

We know that people who are visibly gender-nonconforming or transgender are likely to be harassed at work.

LGBTQ2SIA+ people are less likely to apply for high-paying jobs in mining and manufacturing because of the fear of a hostile workplace, everything from eye-rolling and social exclusion to outright harassment. Work stress and poor mental health result from discrimination and from having to conceal their true selves at work.

Even those in unionized workplaces have a hard time. Recent academic research ( shows that less than half of unionized LGBTQ2SIA+ workers felt supported by their unions. They also experience higher rates of poor mental health (anxiety and depression due to stigma, harassment and isolation).

Workplaces can either compound the problem or alleviate it.

One thing that can make a difference is having supportive staff and local union leaders who know how to be good allies.

LGBTQ2SIA+= lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirited, intersex, asexual

Here are some actions staff reps and local union leaders can take to increase safety and be allies: