Out & Equal’s Global Webinar Series includes bi-monthly, hour-long webinars on topics relevant to LGBT workplace equality outside of the United States, both in specific locales and on a global scale. Webinars feature speakers from both the private and nonprofit sectors who specialize in a specific area of LGBT diversity and inclusion, who present focused presentations and answer questions sent in by our audience. Global webinars are designed to help global diversity and inclusion managers, executives and busy professionals, as well as civil servants and non-profit employees. All webinars are recorded to be useful in the future. Learn more about all of Out & Equal’s upcoming webinars.

Upcoming schedule

June 5, 2019 – Post-Section 377 Workplaces in India: Progress and Future Goals

August 14, 2019 – What have we learned? Global Research on LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion

December 11, 2019 – TBD



April 10, 2019 (April 11 CST) – LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion Initiatives in East and Southeast Asia 

East and Southeast Asia have experienced recent advancements and setbacks in terms of LGBTQ matters. While many companies in the region are supportive and a great number have made innovative advancements, they face unique social and legal obstacles in advancing LGBTQ workplace inclusion. During this webinar, we’ll learn more about best practices and inclusion strategies through the perspectives of three corporate advocates from Mainland China, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

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February 13, 2019 – Perspectives from Latin America: LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion (Perspectivas desde América Latina: Inclusión LGBTQ en el Lugar de Trabajo)

*Note: This webinar was conducted in Spanish. Este webinar se realizó en español.

This webinar focuses on LGBTQ workplace inclusion initiatives in Latin America and will be conducted in Spanish.

Este webinar se enfocará en cómo las empresas en América Latina están abordando la diversidad e inclusión LGBTQ en el lugar de trabajo y las iniciativas innovadoras que han implementado. Escucharemos las perspectivas de una empresa brasileña, una empresa multinacional y una red de empresas que busca promover espacios de trabajo inclusivos en América Latina.

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December 12th, 2018 – How Younger Generations are Approaching LGBTQ Workplace Issues Around the World

This webinar will focus on three young professionals who are working to advance LGBTQ-inclusive initiatives in workplaces in Latin America and India.  We will examine their leadership efforts and impact, contextualized within the fact that societal views towards LGBTQ issues in general are shifting in a rapidly globalizing world.  We will discuss their successes, obstacles they have encountered and how they are obtaining company approval to shape a workplace they are proud of.

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September 19th, 2018 – Comprehensive Approach: Transgender Inclusive Workplaces in India

With the India Supreme Court’s historic strike down of Section 377 on September 6th, as well as the success of the first-ever Out & Equal LGBTQ India Forum Powered By IBM this past August, the movement to advance LGBTQ equality and inclusion has continued to steadily grow in India. This webinar will focus on transgender inclusion in the Indian workplace, featuring three influential and unique perspectives: Anubhuti Banerjee, a transgender employee and LGBT+ Employee Resource Group leader at Tata Steel; Joy Dettorre, IBM’s Global Diversity Leader and driving force behind their groundbreaking transgender inclusion policies; and Shubha Chacko, the Executive Director of Solidarity Foundation and a key proponent of their trailblazing program to aid transgender people in entering the workforce. Join us on September 19th to hear our speakers discuss the successes and challenges in advancing transgender inclusion in India’s critical global market!

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Inclusão LGBTQ no Ambiente de Trabalho no Brasil (LGBTQ Workplace Inclusion in Brazil)

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O Brasil representa a maior economia da América Latina e desempenha um papel importante no cenário global quando se trata de diversidade e inclusão no ambiente de trabalho. Nos últimos anos, o movimento para promover a igualdade no ambiente de trabalho no Brasil cresceu rapidamente e muitas empresas se comprometeram a encontrar maneiras inovadoras de liderar essas iniciativas. Este painel focará em três líderes influentes no Brasil que estão avançando em direção ao aumento da inclusão LGBT no ambiente de trabalho: SAP, Mattos Filho e Itaú Unibanco. Durante este webinar, que será conduzido em português, aprenderemos sobre o trabalho inovador de diversidade e inclusão que está ocorrendo no território brasileiro.

Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy and a key player on the global stage when it comes to workplace diversity and inclusion.  In recent years, the movement to advance workplace equality in Brazil has grown rapidly and many companies have committed to finding innovative ways to spearhead these initiatives.  This panel will focus on three influential presences in Brazil that are making strides towards increased LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace: SAP, Mattos Filho, and Itaú Unibanco.  During this webinar, which will be conducted Portuguese, we will learn about the forward-thinking diversity and inclusion work taking place on the ground in Brazil.

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May 9th, 2018 – Corporate Advocacy on Global LGBTQ Issues

When governments hold discriminatory positions against the LGBTQ community, the private sector can be one of the most vocal proponents of equality by coming out publicly in support of LGBTQ inclusion. While this has been especially true in the United States, matters become more complicated when considering companies’ diversity efforts in other parts of the world, especially when embracing LGBTQ equality publicly can potentially have significant consequences for operations. This webinar will discuss the ways in which LGBTQ and ally leaders can navigate those challenges and overcome potential resistance within their companies to harness high-level support for LGBTQ equality efforts in diverse international regions.

March 14, 2018 – U.N. Initiatives to Engage the Private Sector in Advancing LGBTQ Equality

The United Nations serves as one of the premier defenders of human rights around the world, through both research of abuses and guidance for businesses and governments to adopt better practices. One area in which this is true is around global LGBTQ rights, for which several U.N. divisions have created focused initiatives to combat discrimination–including in the workplace.

Join Out & Equal on March 14th for our global webinar discussing the role of the United Nations in engaging the private sector on LGBTQ equality. Fabrice Houdart from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will share progress on raising awareness of the office’s LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business around the world. Edmund Settle from the United Nations Development Programme will then review the results of their multi-country study on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics in China, the Philippines, and Thailand. To end, presenters will answer audience questions on their specific programs, as well as general questions about the role of the United Nations in defending LGBTQ workplace rights.

If you or someone at your company is engaged in global diversity and inclusion work and wants to know challenges and best practices that exist around the world, this webinar is for you!


January 10, 2018 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Singapore

In the half century since its independence from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has grown into one of the most competitive economies in Southeast Asia. With booming finance, shipping, commerce, and travel sectors, the city-state boasts one of the highest GDP per capita in the world, and is a favorite market for multinational corporations due to notoriously friendly business conditions. However, this economic success has also been accompanied by a relatively controlled political climate not always favorable to LGBT issues: though rarely enforced, consensual sex amongst men is still formally illegal, and there is no legislation that specifically protects LGBT people in the workplace. While both domestic and multinational companies have often supported local efforts to secure more inclusive policies, in 2016 the country’s government warned multinational companies to stay out of Singaporean’s “domestic issues,” and later passed legislation making it difficult for foreign entities to sponsor LGBT-focused events. And as developing cities and countries continue to look to the city-state as a model for both economic success and political stability, the stakes of these standpoints continue to rise.

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September 13 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Colombia

In recent decades, Colombia has emerged both as a major economic player in Latin America and as one of the United States’ primary regional trading partners, with total trade between the two countries exceeding $26 billion in 2016. As well, the country has been increasingly lauded as one of the more progressive countries in Latin America for LGBT rights: laws making it easier to legally change one’s gender identity and legalizing same-sex marriage were passed in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and measures protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation have been on the books since 2011. However, while these legislative changes will likely help attract business and talent to the country’s rapidly growing technology and tourism sectors, a strong influence of Catholic conservatism and a lack of explicit anti-discrimination legislation on the basis of gender identity leave open serious questions concerning the state of LGBT workplace equality in Colombia.


July 12 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Canada

With total trade of nearly $630 billion in 2016, Canada is the United States’ second largest trading partner and a critically important market for most U.S.-based and multinational corporations. Canada is also a world leader in advancing the rights and protections of LGBT people. It was one of the first countries in the world to legalize marriage for same-sex couples – in 2005 – and discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited by law. But how do these forces come together in the Canadian workplace? What are major corporations doing in Canada to ensure that they’re providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for their LGBT employees? Join Out & Equal and our panel of Canada experts who will discuss their companies’ leading-edge initiatives to engage and support LGBT and ally employees in Canada. Kimberley Messer from IBM will present on “Allyship in Canada – Why allies? Why now, eh?” From the oil sands of Alberta, Raihan Khan at Imperial Oil will discuss the role of their PRIDE Employee Resource Group in building an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees and allies. And Eric Leonard at Xerox – whose Canadian operations have often been at the forefront of many of the organization’s diversity initiatives – will share on creating a workplace where all employees feel comfortable to “Be Yourself. Everywhere.”

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May 10 – Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in India

Perhaps no country presents greater challenges – and opportunities – for LGBT workplace diversity and inclusion than India. With the world’s second largest population, a fast growing economy, a booming global tech sector and a mobile, international workforce, India possesses many of the elements that are often synonymous with diverse and inclusive work environments. Nonetheless, a traditional culture coupled with the recriminalization of homosexuality in 2013 have conspired to create a complicated and often difficult environment for both employers and LGBT employees alike in India. Against this backdrop, a number of corporations along with a host of dedicated and brave LGBT and ally employees have managed to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBT employees in India. Out & Equal first addressed these issues at its groundbreaking convening in Bangalore in 2014. Join us again on May 10, when several experts will share their on-the-ground learnings and experience. Suresh Ramdas will explore the current legal situation in India and what it means for LGBT people and will highlight the various initiatives that HP Inc. has planned for its LGBT India Group, including awareness-building among management and the development of an LGBT ally program. Ramkrishna Sinha will share the results from the recent LGBT MINGLE survey and its implications for LGBT employees, as well as Intel India’s work on ally engagement and building an inclusive workplace for the LGBT community.

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March 8, 2017 – LGBT Perspectives on Mexico

What are the opportunities and obstacles to being out and equal at work in Mexico?  This is the question our panelists will address. Horacio Horta from LGBT Confex will look at the landscape for LGBT equality in Mexico, including the legal, social and cultural dimensions.  Luigi Forestieri will discuss how Intel is pushing the technology ecosystem, driving diversity and inclusion in Mexico. And Luis Silva will share examples of how AT&T Mexico is creating a more diverse and inclusive environment for its LGBT employees.  Join us as our panelists share their experiences and perspectives in advancing LGBT workplace equality in this critical market! Panelists:

January 11, 2017 – LGBT Perspectives on Italy

With a population of 60 million and a GDP of US$2.1 trillion, Italy is one of Western Europe’s largest economies. LGBT rights have lagged in Italy in comparison to many of its Western European neighbors. The country took a big step forward in advancing LGBT equality in 2016, when it legalized civil unions for same sex couples. In some respects, equality for LGBT people in the workplace has advanced more rapidly than in society in general. Much of this is driven by multinational corporations such as General Electric, IBM and Google. The strength and ongoing advocacy of the Italian workplace equality group Parks has also helped to steadily advance workplace diversity and inclusion in the Italy.

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June 29, 2016 – Perspective on Brazil

Watch the video below to overview the current situation in Brazil and learn what companies can do to ensure LGBT workplace equality with Adriana da Costa Ferreira, Diversity & Inclusion leader from IBM Brazil; Ken Janssens, Managing Director from J.P.Morgan; Marcelo Wolczek Horlle, IT Application Analyst from Dell; and Marcelo Oliveira, Customer Care Analyst from Dell.

April 27, 2016 – LGBT Perspective on Eastern Europe

Watch the video below to overview the current situation in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland and learn what companies can do to ensure LGBT workplace equality with Pavlína Kalousová, Prague based Business for Society; Gergely Horvath, GE Hungary; and Kajetan Stobiecki; Polish LGBT Business Forum Foundation

February 24, 2016 – LGBT perspective On China

On February 24th, Out & Equal inaugurated a webinar series that looks at the situations and needs of LGBT communities in specific countries, and presented questions on what we can do in order to make life of millions of LGBT people around the world better.

We kicked off the series with a webinar on LGBT communities in China. Jacob Huang from O&E partner organization, Aibai, and Jimmy Chen, IBM China, discussed Chinese workplaces including examples of good workplace practices in China as well as proposed concrete steps that companies can take to improve the everyday situation of LGBT people in China.