Friendship and Workplace Discrimination

OLD-HANDS-001Yesterday we posted reasons why passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA — which would make it illegal to discrimination against LGBT in employment — is particularly important to LGBT older workers.

A completely unrelated article on friendship and older LGBT people inadvertently touched on the same topic from a different angle.  Asked “What has changed in your work with regard to how people understand the role of friends for LGBT older people?”, Jesus Ramirez-Valles, director of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, answered:

One aspect that has changed is that friendships have increased in the workplace, since we are more open there and can create those friendships.

You can read the whole article, “Friendship a Pillar of Survival for LGBT Elders,” at

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