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LGBTQ-inclusivity workshops for business and organizations are becoming increasingly common in bars and restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, on the west coast of Florida.
Metro Inclusive Health, a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., offers health and wellness service for the diverse community throughout Tampa Bay. One of its goals is to provide local businesses with a set of best practices, when it comes to interacting with LGBTQ customers.
One way to accomplish that goal is by offering workshops on “Inclusivity and Awareness Training,” workshops that were developed to bridge the cultural gap that might exist between the LGBTQ community and people outside of it.
“We have seen more and more small businesses wanting to be inclusive,” Justice Gennari, the CEO of the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber told the Tampa Bay Times. “I think that speaks volumes of the Tampa Bay area.”
In Powerpoint-led classes that last less than two hours, attendees can get useful pointers on using proper pronoun etiquette, correct usage of terms, and dealing with gender diversity. Simple tips, such as breaking down the LGBTQ+ acronym, or pointing out the differences within the gender spectrum can make a difference between being misunderstood or feeling appreciated.
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