“Nonheterosexuals face an enormous amount of hostility and discrimination from many heterosexuals in the workplace and in society as a whole. This excellent book educates the reader about how individuals' sexual orientation may affect both how well they are accepted by their coworkers, and how they react to coworkers. It is useful in courses or training programs on diversity in general or on this particular topic. It also may be used by individuals outside of courses who simply want to learn more about sexual orientation as a workplace issue and about themselves. Amy J. Zuckerman and George F. Simons's book is definitely the best book on the topic.” --Gary N. Powell, Department of Management, University of Connecticut Sexual orientation is one of the most controversial ...
Finding the Right Words
Many terms used today to talk about sexual orientation fall short of accurately and fairly describing both people and facts. The first step in discussing this topic is getting the words right. After all, we don't want to offend each other when we are learning how to work together smoothly.
On the next pages, you will find a list of words found in everyday speech with suggestions on how and when to use them so as not to offend in the workplace. Some words are in-group language used by gays, lesbians, and bisexuals but are not appropriate for straight people to use. In most cases, we would also discourage the use of these terms by anyone in the workplace ...