October is National LGBTQ+ History Month which celebrates the advancements in LGBTQ+ rights that have occurred over the years. The month encompasses various awareness days including National Coming Out Day on October 11th, International Pronouns Day on October 20th, and Spirit Day on October 21st. This October also marks the 42nd anniversary of the first march on Washington by LGBTQ+ people and allies to demand equal civil rights.
As highlighted in the June 2021 DEI Spotlight, the 2020 NCSEA SE3 survey results showed that only 3.4% of structural engineers identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or “none of the above”. Being supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people in your office can help build trusting working relationships, and allows folks to bring their whole selves to work and not feel like they must hide part of who they are.
The following resources provide tips and guidance on how to be an ally for your LGBTQ+ colleagues:
SEAONC SE3 Committee
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Group
The SEAONC SE3 Monthly DEI spotlight is a forum to engage our members and share resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the structural engineering profession.
You can also find the DEI Spotlight each month SEAONC Post Newsletter!