#049 – What It’s Like to Be LGBTQ In the Workplace with Melanie Parish

lindsay guest Melanie Parish

“How can I make this easy for you?  Because I want to.”

Powerful words by Melanie Parish about how to support members of the LGBTQ community when you don’t quite know how.

You don’t need to know everything about LGBTQ to work towards creating a respectful and accepting workplace environment.  Rather, you need to be able to sit in uncomfortable conversations, be willing to make mistakes and be open to learning.  You need to spend time understanding the challenges and barriers faced and building relationships that enable you to do the deep work – what Melanie refers to as “straight people work”.

On this episode of The Workplace Communication Podcast, Melanie opens up about both personal and professional struggles as a queer woman, married to a transgender FTM husband, and shares ideas on fostering inclusivity and acceptance.

Leadership tips you won’t want to miss:

🎙️ Understanding the impact of the words you use from the perspective of the identity holder

🎙️ How Melanie and her husband successfully sued the government of Ontario… and the weight of constantly being an advocate

🎙️ Why being overly cautious can lead to more harm than support

🎙️ How seemingly small comments can create an unsafe work environment for LGBTQ

🎙️ Changing our habits of gendered language to create a more inclusive workplace

Melanie Parish is an author, public speaker, host of The Experimental Leader Podcast, founder of Experimental Leader Academy, and Master Certified Coach. An expert in problem-solving, constraints management, operations, strategic hiring, and brand development, Melanie has consulted and coached organizations ranging from a Fortune 50 company to IT start-ups.

Her individual clients include those in FAANG and other top global IT companies. As an author, educator, and creator of The Experimental Leader book, Melanie shows people new ways of thinking about their leadership, informed by her understanding of the fast-paced ride of technology innovation. She is based in Dundas, Ontario and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of how to promote a more inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community, then this episode is for you!

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Melanie Parish’s contact information:

Website: https://www.melanieparish.com

Book: https://ebook.experimentalleader.com/info42286161

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelanieParish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExperimentalLeader/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachmelanieparish/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanieparish/

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Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two neurodivergent children, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two children with pervasive mental health challenges, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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