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Gender Inclusion

Gender Inclusion means a lot more than just hiring more women. It means understanding gender identity and treating all humans equally regardless of their gender.

“…when employers create an inclusive environment, they enjoy a competitive edge in their ability to recruit top talent, unleash innovative potential, and secure the loyalty of new market segments.”

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation


  • Data shows that 8% of Baby Boomers, 13% of GenXers, 20% of Millennials and 31% of GenZers (those born after 1997) identify as LGBTQ+.
  • 12% of Millennials identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, doubling the number of transgender and gender non-conforming people reported by Generation X (6%).
  • A 2018 Hornet-Kantar Study reveals that the LGBTQ+ community makes up 13% of the United States.
  • Over half of LGBTQ+ people nationwide feel the need to be in the closet at work, and 35% of LGBTQ+ workers feel compelled to lie about their personal life while at work.
  • In the year 2025, Millennials will represent 75% of the workforce. Millennials are more than two times as likely to identify as LGBTQ+ and more likely to identify as non-binary or gender fluid than previous generations.
  • 56% of Millennials have “ruled out ever working for a particular organization because of its values or standard of conduct.”
  • 72% of allies say that they are more likely to accept a job at an LGBTQ+ inclusive company than a non-inclusive company.

It’s Already Happening

  • In 2019, California became the second state to allow residents to choose a nonbinary option on official documents, including birth certificates, IDs and driver’s licenses, following Oregon’s lead.
  • Washington D.C. and New York lawmakers have introduced bills proposing a third gender on official documents.
  • In 2020, Oklahoma elected the country’s first out nonbinary lawmaker to the state legislature, Mauree Turner.
  • In 2020, Delaware elected the country’s first openly transgender state senator, Sarah McBride.

Thousands of businesses, including the vast majority of Fortune 500 corporations, already prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fortune 100Fortune 500
201897%415 (83%)
201069%229 (46%)
200311%26 (5%)
Number and Percentage of Employers with Non-Discrimination Policies that Include Gender Identity, from the Human Rights Campaign