Fireside Chat Roundtable


Purpose

To explore ways of promoting inclusion within agriculture, rural and LGBT communities.


Framework

Agriculture, as an industry, finds itself in a unique position within the current LGBT discussion. On one hand, large agriculture corporations and organizations maintain inclusive views and policies toward LGBT employees within the workplace. On the other hand, farmers, ranchers and other people in rural communities tend to be slower and more reluctant toward inclusion and acceptance. This divide on LGBT issues within the agriculture industry provides an opportunity for growth and progress.


Questions

  • What is your organization doing to promote a friendly LGBT workplace?
  • What can agriculture do to be more inclusive of LGBT members within its community?
  • What is your organization doing to be more inclusive of people with opposing viewpoints, especially those within rural America?
  • How can the LGBT community use more inclusive language towards people who haven't "fully gotten there" on their understanding of LGBT individuals or concerns?
  • What is the difference, if any, between diversity and inclusion and being politically correct?
  • How can we better articulate the human side, rather than the political side, of LGBT concerns and issues?
  • What can your organization do to help your end users (customers, students, teachers, and producers) in rural America become more inclusive of LGBT individuals?