June is Pride month, and we’d like to share some resources related to the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace. According to the 2020 NCSEA SE3 survey results, about 3.4% of the structural engineering community identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or “none of the above”, and 0.2% identifies as non-binary or gender non-conforming.
For a useful primer on terminology that goes along with accurately talking about the LGBTQ+ community, refer to the Glossary of LGBTQ Terms put together by the organization Out and Equal. This is part of their larger Toolkits and Guides resource list, which includes great pieces on how to support nonbinary and intersex people, and other marginalized groups in the workplace.
One simple way to show allyship to the LGBTQ+ community is to include pronouns in your email signature or when meeting someone for the first time. Companies can also show allyship by adapting their internal policies to be inclusive and supportive towards 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!