This half-day (4-hour) workshop equips participants to contribute to sexual and gender minority inclusion in their workplace. This general introduction takes into account the variety of staff and volunteer roles within humanitarian and development organisations, with practical guidance for sexual and gender minority inclusion in their interactions with other staff, volunteers or the public. Please note that this workshop does not specifically address humanitarian and development programming, which is covered in the 101 and other thematic-specific courses.

Designed For 

Onboarding new staff and workplace inclusion programs across your organisation.

Workshop Details + FAQs



Part 1) Introduction to sexual and gender minority terminology and concepts

We commonly hear concerns that people will say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing. Faced with navigating sexual and gender minorities, SOGIESC, LGBTIQ+, heteronormativity, cisnormativity, binarism, dyadism and more, it can seem like a minefield. We’ve been here many times before, and we’ll get you safely through, all within an inclusive and safe space where questions are welcome.

Part 2) Myths, Assumptions, Realities, Challenges and Respecting Difference

We are increasingly familiar with the idea of using a gender lens to challenge myths and uncover hidden assumptions about patriarchal society. Edge Effect introduces a SOGIESC lens that helps see some of the ways that heteronormative, cisnormative and binary assumptions are built into our worldviews, systems, and habits. We work through some popular myths and stereotypes, explore what it means to respect difference, and how to create a workplace in which sexual and gender minorities feel welcome and able to bring their full selves. We also discuss the role of allies, and what it takes to be a good ally.

Part 3) Policy, Reporting and Legislation

We’ll work with your organisation to include your specific policies within the workshop, including specific policies on sexual and gender minority inclusion, or other policies or context relevant for child-centred, faith-based or other organisations. [If your policies do not specifically address sexual and gender minority inclusion we can discuss options for supporting participatory policy development within your organisation!] We also explore additions to new ACFID Code of Conduct, and state and federal anti-discrimination legislation and human rights systems. Participants will learn about mechanisms within your organisation for reporting issues, as well as external reporting options.

Part 4) Resources, Case Studies and Quiz

We finish by highlighting resources that participants can use to continue learning. In small groups we walk through a series of case studies and finish with an informal quiz.

Delivery Mode

This is currently delivered as a face-to-face workshop, for groups of up to 20. An online, self-paced version will be available from mid-2018.

Learning Outcomes

• Confidence using terminology and concepts and navigating sexual and gender diversity.

• Able to think critically about myths and assumptions that impact sexual and gender minorities, and have a greater awareness of challenges that sexual and gender minorities face in their lives.

• Understanding of how they can contribute to a sexual and gender minority inclusive workplace and positive external engagement with sexual and gender minorities while doing agency business.

• Awareness of internal policy requirements and state/federal legislative obligations.

• Awareness of how to report issues or seek further guidance.

How does this workshop differ from other Edge Effect workshops?

This course does not specifically address development and humanitarian applications and is suitable for onboarding and general workplace inclusion purposes.

Why do this workshop?

Whether you know it or now, some 5-10% of your staff are likely to be LGBTIQ+. Creating an inclusive and respectful environment will help you recruit and retain quality staff, improve staff wellbeing and deliver more effective outcomes. Oh yes, and also ensure that your staff are aware of legislative obligations and rights of LGBTIQ+ people. All of which assists protection of your organisational reputation.

Why use Edge Effect?

Edge Effect courses are designed and delivered by people with extensive experience in the international humanitarian and development sectors and with LGBTIQ+ inclusion. While this course does not address humanitarian and development issues, we are very familiar with the ways humanitarian and development organisations operate.


This course may be delivered at your office or in a dedicated workshop space.

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