Coming Out, Staying Close

Using the CCS to create a safe place to have the challenging conversations about coming out as LGBTQ

The following videos are provided as supporting material for the CCS Coming Out, Staying Close kit.

The videos let you see first hand how the CCS cards are used in genuine LGBTQ related conversations.

The amazing families you will meet have bravely and generously allowed us into their lives in the hope that their experience will help you and your loved ones with your LGBTQ conversations and journeys.

Introducing ...

Meet Jordan, Jody and Evan, three of the people who will share their stories and journey. Meet Susan and Aly, our facilitators for the conversations, and hear them share their personal LGBTQ story and how to use the CCS cards in your conversations.

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Diversity: acceptance and understanding

Using the Coming Out, Staying Close Kit for workplace diversity programs

Acceptance and understanding of diversity are built one conversation at a time. Research indicates that structured situations designed to promote mutual sharing of experiences and views, can lead to an increase in empathy and a reduction in prejudice.

However some of these conversations can be hard. Hard to start and hard to participate in. This is particularly true when considering diversity of gender and sexual orientation — LGBTQ.

CCS cards can be used by organisations to make it easier for its staff to have open, honest conversations about hard topics such as those around coming out and LGBTQ. The toolkit can be used within workplace teams to create safe situations to raise and share views and to promote mutual disclosure. It can also be made available to individuals identifying as LGBTQ to help improve their personal situation outside of the workplace.

It is known that organisations that are seen to be strongly supportive of diversity, in this case LGBTQ, find it easier to motivate their staff members to do the same.

With the Coming Out, Staying Close toolkit, organisations have both an appropriate way to show their support and provide their staff with a proven means to facilitate the vital conversations.

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