Elizabeth showed this map earlier on. It is a map of the world as we know it today. I am showing it to you again, as I will use it as a backdrop over the next few slides to where IBM deploys its global GLBT programs around the world, often despite of difficult local legislation. This map shows both persecution of homosexuality and recognition of homosexuality Homosexuality is illegal in 80 countries and legal in 115 countries As you can see same-sex marriage is possible in 10 countries and in 6 states and 1 district of the 50 US states As you can also see, out of the 80 countries where homosexuality is illegal, there is still a death penalty on homosexuality in 5 countries and in parts of 2 other countries Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina , Belgium , Canada , Iceland , the Netherlands , Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. In Mexico, same-sex marriages are only performed in Mexico City, but these marriages must be recognized by all Mexican states. Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages performed on its territory, but recognizes same-sex marriages performed in foreign jurisdictions.
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KEY SLIDE People might know this slide already from the D&IL (but it is not necessarily shown in all D&ILs). In any case the content is so key that it is worthwhile to repeat which we do with the video. In case you do not use the video, here are the speaker notes for this slide: ---------------------------------------------------------- In this example, two different outcomes can come out of the same question “how was your weekend” with varying levels of stress. If you look at the chart, Peter and Andy, a gay couple, just spent the weekend celebrating their 10 th anniversary with a surprise trip to New York to see Rent on Broadway. If you follow the flow chart, a simple question like “what did you do this weekend” can spin Peter through different responses and different stresses depending on who he is talking to. How difficult is this same question to answer for non-GLBT employees? <<READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE CHART>> Your role as a leader by creating an environment where all employees can feel comfortable talking about their weekend allows GLBT employees to authentic in the workplace, if they choose to be. The impact of not creating this climate is lost productivity, reduced teaming and decreased employee morale. Read through the flow chart Potential discussion points: Not sharing openly what you did during the weekend or your time off, can of course also happen in other situations, when an employee chooses for whatever reason not to share with his colleagues, e.g. after a prostate operation some people might prefer not to tell the colleagues about it. The big difference is that for straight employees these are usually exceptional situations which last for a short time, for GLBT people it can be a life long. May be you think it is Peter’s own fault, he should simply be open instead of hiding. But being open and honest is very difficult for people who have made already lots of negative experience when being open, being laughed at and previous friends withdrawing are probably one of the milder experienced reactions. Therefore it is so important for GLBT people that they can trust that they will be accepted if they decide to come out. You can never know whether the person you talk to is gay, lesbian or straight! Some gays and lesbians have invented everything what ‘is expected’ – the non-existing heterosexual partner even has a name and there are put stories behind..
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