Anyone Can Be An Ally
Speaking Up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace
In this comprehensive and ground-breaking training program, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.
What are the special concerns and needs for LGBT coworkers? When gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people don’t feel safe and valued at work, productivity goes down, and organizations fail in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. Many organizations realize this, and have created clear policies on the issues. But in order for the climate to change, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people need allies to speak up.
In this award-winning training program, noted educator and author on LGBT issues, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.
Anyone Can Be An Ally: Speaking Up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace is a very thoughtful, balanced resource that merits much attention… an important film on an issue so few of us understand how to address in the work environment. It is one thing to have a skill set in referencing and working with race or religion. It is quite another challenge to talk about gender and sexual orientation. My professional motivation in commending Brian McNaught’s film is that I recognize, despite my personal commitment, that I have a lot to learn about how to be a skillful and effective ally. This film would be helpful to anyone who wants to help create a work environment where every employee can flourish because they do not have to expend the energy trying to maintain a firewall between their family/personal lives and their professional lives. These are things that those of us who are heterosexual simply do not have to worry about. Look at this video. Celebrate what everyone, when respected, can bring to your world.
Eileen McDargh, author
The Anyone Can Be An Ally package includes
The DVD / CD-ROM format, and the USB Flash Drive format both include:
- The main 14-minute video: complete with emotional stories, Brian’s guidance and scenarios.
- FAQ: Brian answers the questions he’s asked the most.
- Tom’s Story: this is a personal story that Brian tells at all his workshops. It’s about creating a workplace that’s welcoming for a closeted gay co-worker to come out. This can put a face on the issue.
- Guided Imagery: Brian takes viewers on a journey to learn what it would be like to be straight in a gay world. This exercise can help open people up to look at the issue from a new angle
- Interview with Brian: this is a behind-the-scenes conversation intended for the facilitator, in which Brian shares more about the challenges of doing this work, and how best to use this program.
Speaking up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace: In this groundbreaking training program, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.
The program asks the question, what are the special concerns and needs for LGBT coworkers?
When gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people don’t feel safe and valued at work, productivity goes down, and organizations fail in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. Many organizations realize this, and have created clear policies on the issues. But in order for the climate to change, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people need allies to speak up.
This program is available as a DVD, USB Flash Drive, or as an online streaming rental or purchase. When you purchase or license the Ally program, you’ll always receive all the training materials. These include a comprehensive Leader’s Guide, Powerpoint and other handouts (see below for the entire list).
Anyone Can Be an Ally was written and is presented by Brian McNaught
Dubbed by the NY Times, “the godfather of gay sensitivity training,” Brian is considered the world’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the workplace. He is a best selling author, speaker and consultant who has helped people and organizations around the world to speak up for an LGBT inclusive workplace.
Brian has led workshops and training sessions for organizations including, AT&T, Merck, Citigroup, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, DuPont, the NSA, and many other corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of colleges and universities. He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR and scores of other newspaper, radio and TV shows.
1. Put a face on the issues that confront lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.
2. Recognize the important role of allies.
3. Learn what to say and when, what words to use and how to get your words and music in sync.
4. Practice skills in being allies.
1. To create a workplace in which everyone feels welcome.
2. Understand which behaviors are considered welcoming and which ones are considered unwelcoming.
3. Practice our skills in stepping forward to make our colleagues feel as if they want to give 100% of themselves to the job.
Ally comes with:
The program includes the Leader’s Guide, participant guides, handouts and Powerpoint presentation. All of these PDF materials are reproducible directly from the CD-ROM or USB. Also, you can import them into your training materials.
These training materials are comprehensive and designed for flexible use. It offers a lesson plan for a 60 to 90-minute training workshop, as well as optional modules that use the Extra Features to expand and deepen your training.
We also offer streaming licenses so that you can stream the Ally video on your intranet or via an LMS. We have an effective Learning Management System that enables you to send your trainees a link, monitor their usage and see how they perform on the short quiz after the video. Whether your purchase a DVD, USB or license online streaming, you will receive all the training materials.
“Many of us aspire to be concise and convincing allies for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family, friends and colleagues, but struggle with how to be effective in doing this the ‘right way.’ In this short 14-minute video, Brian McNaught offers what we need to know, say and do as allies – in a way that is compelling, informative and actionable. If you are looking for guidance about language choices, when to speak up, and how to foster inclusion as an authentic LGBT ally, this video (and a little courage and practice) is all you need to have the confidence and capability to make a difference.”
Deb Dagit, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for a Fortune 100 company
“There is no better mentor, trusted voice or clearer thinker to educate straight allies and their LGBT co-workers and colleagues than Brian McNaught. This video gives power and purpose to everyone who believes as he does that an open, honest, and accepting workplace is an imperative for every employer.”
Bob Witeck, Founder and CEO, Witeck-Combs
“No one has done a better job of chronicling what it is like to be gay in America.”
U.S. Representative Barney Frank
“Our hope for a world where we can live fully and equally relies on the courage of our allies – our family, friends and co-workers – and on the wisdom of heroes like Brian McNaught. In ‘Anyone Can Be An Ally,’ Brian brings his clear, engaging expertise to create a resource that everyone who seeks justice for, and understanding within, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will appreciate. It is an invaluable tool for cultural change, as Brian is a priceless voice for dignity and respect.”
J Kevin Jones, Jr. Deputy Director, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
I just finished watching Brian McNaught’s latest training video “Anyone Can Be an Ally” for the second time. This video is like a good book that you are tempted to read again and, once you do, you realize how much you missed the first time around. In my case, the first time I watched it, I got absorbed in the specific strategies it provides on how to speak up when a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person has been disrespected in the workplace. It shows the viewer exactly what to say and when and does so in a way that can be immediately understood and, most importantly, applied.
The second time I watched it, my focus was elsewhere. This time I was fascinated by how cleverly the producers helped me better understand how it feels to be excluded because of one’s sexual orientation. Of course, it is impossible for someone like me who has never lived those challenges to completely grasp them, but “Anyone Can Be An Ally” does a wonderful job of helping the viewer empathize with the challenge and, in turn, become motivated to become a genuine ally. Take a look at the video and don’t miss the 4 Extra Features that come with this valuable package. Once you finish, you’ll be moved, not only to purchase the product, but to function as an ally yourself.
Sondra Thiederman Ph.D., author of Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace www.thiederman.com
Eileen McDargh, author of Gifts from the Mountain – Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities www.EileenMcDargh.com
The Telly Awards has named Anyone Can Be An Ally, by SunShower Learning, as a Silver winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. The video training program was among nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.
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DVD with Training Materials on CD-ROM, USB Flash Drive with Videos + Training Materials, Streaming for 100 Trainees delivered via SunShower’s LMS, Streaming for 250 Trainees delivered via SunShower’s LMS.