BOOKS

ARE YOU GUYS BROTHERS?

NOW THAT I'M OUT, WHAT DO I DO?

(1993) (Given by HRC to members of Congress)
Gay Issues in the Workplace is the perfect book to give to a heterosexual colleague or manager at work. It is popularly used as a text for corporate diversity workshops and was distributed to members of Congress by the Human Rights Campaign.

"Clear, well-organized and straightforward, McNaught's book is an excellent resource. This is a book for gays to read and share with their colleagues and, when possible, their employers...a significant index of how lesbians and gay men are transforming society by being out in the workplace."

– Genre

GAY ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

(1997) (KBDI Public Television aired Nationally)

"McNaught asserts, 'The issue of homosexuality is a very difficult one for many people. Turn on a talk show or read a letter to the editor and it's easy to understand that many people are wrestling with this. Yet, I believe, with honesty, patience and love that people with seemingly impossible differences can build bridges of mutual respect and admiration'."

(From the Video Cover)

GAY/ STRAIGHT: CAN WE TALK?

BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

SEX CAMP

A PDF

OVERVIEW
Children’s stories tell us of ugly ducklings who finally come to understand that they're actually beautiful swans, and of frogs that are transformed into handsome princes through a loving kiss. In Walt Disney’s animated film, Mulan, the maiden dresses as a man to fight a war, and becomes one of China’s greatest heroes. Transgender people in our history and culture are those men and women among us who have discovered they are different from the norm, and who have learned to spread their wings more naturally, or who changed from one form to another because of the kiss of self‐love, or who have changed into the clothes of the other gender for any number of good reasons, including comfort, relaxation, income, inner peace, to wage war, and to escape danger, among others.

(2005)

Part One (36 min.) / Complete 4 Part Set (145 min.)
This extraordinarily engaging and powerful presentation seeks to build bridges of understanding on gay and transgender issues in the workplace, and to make allies of all employees in the company's goal of empowering a diverse workforce. It captures renowned presenter Brian McNaught at his very best with an audience of corporate employees who enthusiastically respond to him and the pertinent information and personal perspective he offers.

GAY ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

58 min. (1993) (KBDI Public Television aired Nationally)

"You can personally believe what you want about the moral aspects of homosexuality and still be an ally in the fight against discrimination ... Brian McNaught points out in this outstanding seminar modeled on his award-winning presentation to audiences in corporate America."

– Video Librarian

HOMOPHOBIA IN THE WORKPLACE 

TRANSITIONS: GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION

 (1986, 1994)

70 min. 
"Highly recommended for ... heterosexual audiences... religious groups and young people struggling with the issues of sexual orientation."

SIECUS Report

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GUIDELINES FOR TRAINERS from Brian McNaught

Since 1986, when I began training corporate and government leaders and employees on LGBTQ issues in the workplace, I received dozens of inquiries from people who also wanted to be a trainer on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues. Both Chubb and Merck brought me in to do a “train the trainer” with their employee resource groups (ERGs), and I provided the same training at “Sex Camp,” the Annual Workshop on Sexuality at Thornfield. I created these guidelines to help make the potential trainer optimally successful. I offer those time-tested guidelines here for your use.
 
Become Comfortable with All Aspects of Sexuality
* Read “Sex Camp.” It’s an excellent and easy-to-read primer, free on this site.

Know Yourself
* What is your motivation for doing this work?

Create a Support Group
*It can be lonely work. It’s personally rewarding, but also exhausting, and you’re usually on your own. Create a support group of peers with whom you can share triumphs and disappointments.
 
Know Your Facts. Admit When You Don’t Know
 *Familiarize yourself with sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, various religious perspectives, the opposition, the law, business trends, policies of other organizations.
 
Know Your Host
*Know the organization’s history, number of employees, ethnic and religious make-up, competition, history of diversity efforts in training policies, methods of settling disputes, union policies, history of LGBTQ-related problems, feelings of LGBTQ members on the work culture.
 
Know Your Goals
*What do you hope to achieve? What does your host hope to achieve? What is reasonable to expect?

Know Your Audience
*What’s their workload? How common is it for them to attend such presentations? What’s the profile of attendees? Are they engineers, P.R., H.R., Legal, white, Baptist, etc.? Will your audience vary from presentation to presentation?

Be Prepared and Don’t Panic
*Ask for what you want - an introduction by a senior manager, water, a wireless mic, name tags, easels, new markers, Power Point. Arrive early. Be prepared to set up the room. Anticipate the unexpected - plane delays, room changes, no lights, no sound, competing sound, no introduction, no attendees, late start, no hotel reservations, late ride to site.
 
Involve Local LGBTQ Employees
*Have them speak as part of the training/presentation. Give them guidance on how to achieve success, e.g., “Tell your story. Give personal perspective on environment. Give examples of unwelcoming words and behaviors. Tell colleagues how they can be supportive.”
 
Read Evaluations
*Don’t personalize negative comments. Learn from both positive and negative feedback.
 
Check Back In With Your Host
*Were they pleased with the results? Were their needs met?

Tens of thousands of viewers have engaged with Brian’s videos on television, in schools, the workplace, and on YouTube over the years. Now, five full-length videos are available for viewing, sharing, and downloading from his channel for free.

Brian McNaught, who the New York Times named "the godfather of gay sensitivity training," provides the "best practice" guidance you need to understand, and effectively respond to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues in your organization.
Why is it a business issue? What are the best words to use? What if I have an employee who refuses to got to training because of their religious beliefs?
McNaught synthesizes the most important information from his other resources, to give you a short, easy to read, time-tested handbook to address these issues. You get "dos and don'ts" on all of the key questions "What if my boss in unsupportive?" "What if our best client refuses to work with our LGBTQ employee?" "What if it's an LGBTQ employee who is using prohibited language?"
Brian McNaught has worked, over the past 40 years, with the senior leaders of several dozen major government institutions and corporations, and with the faculty, staff, and students at over 200 colleges and universities. He has been brought in by the NSA, Bell Labs, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Chubb, Merck, Toronto Dominion Bank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and scores of others, and has worked with audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, Singapore, Honk Kong, Japan and India.
He asks the questions, "What's your music? How do LGBTQ people know that you"re an ally?" "What are your Reese's Pieces? What are you doing proactively to help bridge the gap between organizational policy and organizational culture?"
Brian underscores that an employee can believe whatever they choose to believe about any moral issue, but they're not allowed to impose their beliefs on their coworkers. Feel your feelings but choose your behavior. If everyone is treated with professional respect, the work group can become a well-functioning team.

(1993)

(designed for presentation) 25 min. 
"Nice job! ... an excellent introduction ... for non-gay managers and an important aid for gay workers to show the larger issues to their employers."

– Art Bain, editor and publisher, The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Corporate Newsletter

1974 to 1986, 2010 to 2015

Syndicated Column

A Disturbed Peace (Dignity, 1981) (Sent by Dignity to every U.S. Catholic Bishop)

Published by Dignity, the national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Catholics, this book is a collection of Brian’s newspaper columns, magazine articles, and award-winning features. It was enthusiastically and warmly received by LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies as a thoughtful, powerful reflection on living as both a Catholic and a gay person. One priest from Chicago paid to have a copy sent to every American bishop. For many people, it was a much-needed bridge to span the painful chasm between faith and sexual orientation. When Dignity chose to cease its role as distributor, the booked was picked up by St. Martin’s Press, edited, added to, subtracted from, and morphed into the best-seller, On Being Gay.

"Sex Camp" is a lighthearted fictional story based on the very real Annual Workshop on Sexuality, the nationally-renowned training that has been held for nearly thirty years at an Episcopal Church-owned retreat facility in upstate New York. Led by a Baptist theologian and sexologist, and five others considered to be among the best sexuality educators in the country, the workshop is affectionately called "Sex Camp" by participants and staff alike.

The thirty-two strangers who arrive on Saturday are told that by the end of the week they'll know more about sex than ninety percent of the population. What they go home with on the following Saturday is a lot more than they anticipated or were promised.

A Disturbed Peace

ANYONE CAN BE AN ALLY

2011

A DISTURBED PEACE

A DISTURBED PEACE - 

Selected Writings of an Irish Catholic Homosexual

ON BEING GAY

-Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love

Paperback (St. Martin's Press, 1988)

"Brian McNaught has a special knack for enabling people to understand what it means to be gay. He has done so as a writer and lecturer since 1974, explaining, encouraging, and often healing his audiences. McNaught provides a look - sometimes humorous, always insightful - at such concerns as whether or not to 'come out', maintaining ties with one's family, building love relationships that last, developing an honest relationship with God, dealing with AIDS, and accepting oneself as decent and worthy of respect."

– (From the Book Cover)

(1997)

Now That I'm Out, What Do I Do? intimately explores the personal challenges and rewards of integrating a gay identity into all aspects of a person's life. Like On Being Gay, it has generated letters of appreciation from all over the world.

"Getting there may be half the battle, but until now no one had really addressed what we should do once we've arrived. McNaught, one of our most prominent sexuality educators, comes to our rescue with a practical primer that's both informative and fun to read."

(1993) (KBDI Public Television aired Nationally)

57 min. 
"In a national debate often marked by hyperbole and hostility from both sides, McNaught brings compassion, tranquility, and a genuine willingness to work with people to the discussion ... An outstanding presentation."

– Video Librarian

GROWING UP GAY AND LESBIAN

VIDEOS & DVDS

(2008)
Are You Guy Brothers?, a question asked of male couples throughout the world, is a very personal and candid look at the topic through the lens of an immensely happy and successful 32-year relationship. This book is funny, deeply moving, and highly instructive, of particular interest to gay men and women who seek guidance in building and maintaining their relationships, and to heterosexual men and women worldwide who want to better understand not only gay people but also how to get past the roadblocks to intimacy in their own relationships.

ON BEING GAY:

A Conversation with Brian McNaught

STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM EXHIBITION ON GENDER

By Brian McNaught

© 2010 COPYRIGHT BRIAN MCNAUGHT – BRIAN@BRIAN-MCNAUGHT.COM

..the most articulate and effective spokesperson for gay issues in this country.”

– Dr. Sol Gordon, Ph.D.

Syracuse University

What if I have employees with religious differences? What if I don't know the correct language ...

What if it's an unwelcoming environment? 

Brian McNaught's GUIDE TO LGBTQ ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING GAY AND TRANSGENDER ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

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