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Celebrating Diversity

Love Has No Labels
Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth

Stand By Me

I Am a Work of Art

Celebrating the Spirit of the Season

International Day of Happiness

Coca-Cola's Beautiful Super Bowl Ad

Frozen Movie Soundtrack in 25 Languages

What is Culture?

Strangers Are Friends You Haven't Met Yet

Gay Kiss Demonstration at Eiffel Tower

Modern Love



Black Guy & White Girlfriend in Harlem Barber Shop

Ultimate Wedding Party

Celebrate Diversity
No More Trouble

True Colors
Diversity: Differences Are Essential

One Love

Celebrating Diversity: Photography That Sounds Good

Be My Honey Pie
Multiculturalism Documentary

Don't Tell Me Who to Love

Color Run

World Faces

Gay Kiss Demonstration in Paris on Valentine's Day
Wake Up Everybody

Gotta Dance Flashmob

One Tribe: Black Eyed Peas


Beauty and Strength in Diversity


"Don't stay where you are tolerated.  Go where you are celebrated."



"We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity."
-Desmond Tutu


"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be."

-Martin Luther King Jr.


"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities."
-Hillary Clinton



"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
-Max de Pree


"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
-Maya Angelou

"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."
-John F. Kennedy


"For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome."
-Ron Kind


"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."
-Robert Green Ingersoll


"We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges."
-Tim Berners Lee


"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it's nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy."

-Thomas Merton


"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
-John F. Kennedy


Our Glorious Diversity


Cultural Diversity: Making Music Together

The World is Diverse

Landfill Music

Diversity Ad

Seven Strands of Diversity

What Does Diversity Mean to You?

Diversity and Inclusion

Desmond Tutu: Why We Should Celebrate Differences

Teaching Tolerance

Beyond Tolerance

The Ally Group: The Riddle Scale

A Place for Everyone

Gender Equality

Born Free and Equal

Celebrate Diversity

NOH8 Campaign: It Gets Better

One Tribe: Black Eyed Peas

Countries With the Most Beautiful People


Diversity and Inclusion


"If you dream of a world in which you can put your partner's picture on your desk, then put her picture on your desk...and you will live in such a world.  And if you dream of a world in which you can walk down the street holding your partner's hand,  then hold her hands...and you will live in such a world.  If you dream of a world in which there are more openly gay elected officials, then run for office...and you will live in such a world.  And if you dream of a world in which you can take your partner to the office party, even if your office is the US House of Representatives, then take her to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world. Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed --- them and us. We are half of the equation."

-Tammy Baldwin / First out lesbian and first openly gay non-incumbent elected to the US Congress




"When schools and other institutions seek to convey to the public that they value diversity and embrace multiculturalism, oftentimes they tend to take a rather narrow approach.  In making genuine efforts to create an open and affirming environment for all their students or constituents, they may define diversity in a manner that is sometimes too limiting.  To foster a truly inclusive environment, schools and institutions must consider a broader definition of diversity and more all-encompassing view of multiculturalism. Any diversity training with broad-based credibility must address a wide range of minorities and sub cultures than includes race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion, politics, personality, and, yes, sexual orientation.  Any meaningful discussion of diversity issues should include sexual orientation and the concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people."

-Michael Lebeau /ALGBTICAL Past President


"There's a fear that when you're talking about gays and lesbians, you're talking about sex.  I don't think that's true. I think you're talking about a community, and you're talking about people relating to each other, and not specifically about sex. I don't think talking about gay and lesbian sex is appropriate for elementary school.  But talking about different communities and about bias and discrimination and how it affects people's lives is appropriate."

-Cora Sangree / School Teacher




"Thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are out of the closet in the corporate world today, including senior executives in Disney, AT&T, American Airlines, Microsoft, McDonalds, Goldman Sachs, Clorox and IBM, to name a few, but the majority of us are still hidden despite promises by our companies that nothing bad will happen to us if we come out. Toward the end of 20 diversity training sessions I did for 800 senior managers at a major banking firm, having heard them all describe the company's working environment as very welcoming for gay people, I asked them why it was then that only two people out of the 800 had yet to identify themselves as gay in an affirming four-hour program on gay and transgender issues. If it's so safe, where are they? I asked. They decided maybe it wasn't as welcoming as they had assumed.  Gay and transgender people who are out of the closet today often report feeling invisible. They either become the person to whom every heterosexual turns for information on the gay community, or, more likely, they are marginalized. Closeted gay people see how their openly gay colleagues have become identified more as gay than as team players, and they decide to continue to expend the extraordinary energy it takes to hide who they are. This problem can be solved.

-Brian McNaught/Diversity Trainer



Diversity Training


Human diversity is a normal, natural thing. We teach our kids that it is alright to be different, but we don’t tell them how different it is okay to be. Today, the most common place to study differences of the world is in the classroom. If children are to grow up prepared to live in a complex, multicultural society, more issues of diversity need to be discussed in the classroom. The issue of sexual orientation has become of great importance to today’s children. Researchers and social scientist suggest that 1 to 3 of every 10 students is either gay or lesbian, or has an immediate family member who is.



With the an increasingly diverse workforce and consumer market, and the rise of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workforce over the last decade, many employers struggle to help their established workforce adapt, and furthermore to bring new staff into the organization's culture.


In a 2006 Society for Human Resource Management survey, 76 percent of HR professionals indicated that their organizations provided training on diversity issues. SHRM broke diversity training into several categories: anti-discrimination training, diversity awareness training, cultural awareness training, diversity management/leadership training, diversity knowledge/skills-based training, or dimension-specific workshops.


The HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Foundation's records show that more than half of the Fortune 500 provide some form of diversity training that includes sexual orientation, and most of all the employers that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity have some form of related diversity training.



Apart from having an inclusive equal employment opportunity or non-discrimination statement, employers need to communicate these policies to all of their employees. But, in doing so, many employees will require guidance with basic information:


Who does this affect? The non-discrimination policy applies to everyone, including employees, job applicants, customers and clients.


What are we talking about? What do the terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" mean? How do those terms apply to everyone?


Why does the business care? Explain the business rationale. For example, "we want all employees to feel safe and comfortable so they can be productive." What laws come into play?


How does this affect us? How should we acknowledge people who differ from ourselves on these characteristics?


Preferably, most diversity training is done proactively, and many employers opt to go into greater depth with managers. However, employers may find an issue arise within a particular worksite or workgroup that requires follow-up.


Diversity Resources


Still I Rise: A Look at the LGBT Struggle

New Skills for New Jobs

Stop Discrimination


No Discrimination

Diversity Executive: A Closer Look at LGBT Stereotypes

WikiBooks: Diversity, Education and LGBT
ALGBTIC: Multicultral Resources

HRC: Diversity Training
Edutopia: How to Cover LGBT Issues in the Classroom
YouTube: LGBT Diversity in the Workplace
Diversity Challenges: What Would You Do?
Including Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in Diversity
Brian McNaught: LGBT Diversity Trainer
Thinking About LGBT Diversity in the Workplace
Workforce Diversity: Creating a Welcoming Environment for Gay Employees
ABA: Best Practices for Promoting LGBT Diversity
LA Times: How to Teach LGBT Issues in the First Grade

YouTube: Diversity in the Classroom


We Shall Be Free


Song by Garth Brooks


When the last child cries for a crust of bread,
When the last man dies just for words that he's said,
When there's shelter over the poorest head,
Then we shall be free

When we're free to love anyone we choose,
When this world's big enough for all different views,
When we all can worship from our own kind of pews,
Then we shall be free

When the last thing we see is the color of skin,
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within,
When the skies above are clear again,
Then we shall be free

When money talks for the very last time,
And nobody walks a step behind,
When there's only one race and that's mankind,
Then we shall be free


Human Rights

"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be."

-Martin Luther King Jr.


"I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation."
-Coretta Scott King


"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."

-Coretta Scott King



"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."

-Coretta Scott King


"I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy.  The civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement."

-Coretta Scott King




"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people. Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions."

-Coretta Scott King


"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say “common struggle” because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."

-Coretta Scott King


"For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked as hard as any other group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under the law.... I believe that freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. My husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' On another occasion he said, 'I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible.' Like Martin, I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. The great promise of American democracy is that no group of people will be forced to suffer discrimination and injustice."

-Coretta Scott King


Diversity Resources


Story of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The King Center
MLK Research & Education Institute
I Have a Dream
Nobel Peace Prize
MLK Lessons for Kids
Tribute to Martin Luther King
Web Quest Teacher Resources Lesson Notes on MLK

Article in Southern Voice: Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King Biography
Coretta Scott King Profile on Academy of Achievement
Respect for All Project
Teaching Tolerance
UNCCH: Diversity in the College Classroom
Strategies for Inclusive Teaching
Working With Diverse Students
Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education
Education Reform: Lesson Plans
LGBT School Resources
Web Quest: Multicultural Lesson Plans
Advocates for Youth: LGBT Resources
LGBT People & Events: Classroom Resources
Web Quest: Equality for All
Web Quest: Culturally Relevant Teaching
Web Quest: Diversity Lessons
Web Quest: Cultural Diversity

Web Quest Because They Don't Look Like You
Web Quest: LGBT Issues in Our  Literature & Our Lives
LGBT Web Quest: Religion & Culture
Web Quest: Ethic Issues & Global Studies
Web Quest: ABCs of Diversity & Multicultural Resources
Alternative Literature Lesson Plans
All Things Queer: School Resources
Human Rights Watch



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