Improving the State of the LGBT Workforce

This past January, Accenture hosted a panel to discuss improving the state of the LGBT workforce that was broadcast from the World Economic Forum in Davos. While the number of companies, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace internationally has grown tremendously in the past decade, LGBT is a relatively new phenomenon in the c-suite.

You can watch a replay of the panel and the subsequent discussion here.

 

Professional Philosophy on Sexuality Attitude Reassessment

Professional philosophy

I had worked as a medical practitioner in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 18 years. In my private practice in the later years I encountered more women with sexual problems, issues of gender expression and identity, as well as sexual and reproductive issues related to gender variance and/or sexual orientation. I feel very compassionate to these women as well as their partners. Yet we physicians were hardly taught about sexuality and gender issues in the medical school and, after all, that was a long time ago and our society has changed tremendously over these issues in the past two decades. I felt I needed to update with the latest knowledge as well as research on issues of sexuality and gender variance in order to have a better understanding of the problem and solutions related to my patients’ issues so that I could help them with the utmost professionalism.

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Sexual expression and identity development

Our society is heavily influenced by centuries of Christian-Judaism principles. The Bible and the Koran which are two of the widest read and preached books in the world are often quoted as God’s words that heterosexuality is the only moral form. Yet in real life, each one of us has at least a friend, a relative, a schoolmate and/or a colleague who is clearly non-heterosexual whether we want to acknowledge their specific sexual identity or not.

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