Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay by Nicole C. Raeburn

By Nicole C. Raeburn

Regardless of the backlash opposed to lesbian and homosexual rights happening in towns and states around the kingdom, progressively more organizations are literally increasing protections and merits for his or her homosexual and lesbian staff. Why this could be, and why a few agencies are more and more open to inclusive guidelines whereas others are determinedly now not, is what Nicole C. Raeburn seeks to provide an explanation for in altering company the US from within Out. A long-overdue examine of the office move, Raeburn’s research specializes in the mobilization of lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual worker networks over the last fifteen years to win household companion advantages in Fortune one thousand businesses. Drawing on surveys of approximately 100 enterprises with and with out homosexual networks, extensive interviews with human assets executives and homosexual worker activists, in addition to a few case reports, Raeburn unearths the impression of the bigger social and political atmosphere on businesses’ openness to gay-inclusive regulations, the results of and company features on businesses’ willingness to undertake such rules, and what techniques were most advantageous in remodeling company regulations and practices to help equitable advantages for all employees.

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For example, Doug McAdam (1982) contends that the civil rights movement emerged in response to new political opportunities that were made possible by the collapse of the cotton-based economy in the South and the mass migration of African Americans to industrial regions of the North. Similarly, Craig Jenkins and Charles Perrow (1977) argue that the success of the farm workers’ movement in the late 1960s grew out of political realignments, policy reform, and broad economic trends that created a more supportive set of conditions for insurgent activity.

Lesbians and gay men were already concerned for their economic situation, given their vulnerability to job loss and other forms of antigay employment discrimination (Weinberg and Williams 1974; Levine 1979, 1992; S. Lewis 1979; Blumstein and Schwartz 1983; Levine and Leonard 1984; Schneider 1984, 1986, 1988; Woods 1993; Badgett 1995; Taylor and Raeburn 1995; G. Lewis [1997] 2003). How much stronger the fear of coming out and mobilizing at work must have been when compounded by the rising rate of unemployment generally.

Meyer and Staggenborg 1996). 32 the r ise of the cor por ate wor k pl ace mov ement The Impact of the Wider Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Movement Taking It to the Streets . . and into the Workplace Situated within nested political environments, the workplace movement faces windows of opportunities and walls of constraint that stem not simply from actions of the state and of countermovements but also from the efforts of the broader lesbian, gay, and bisexual movement. Just as suddenly imposed grievances can incite activism, so too can movement protest itself lead to increased and more widespread mobilization (Sawyers and Meyer 1999).

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