Customizable Materials

Ally Toolkit Page

Introduction & Materials

Planning the Program

  • Program Agenda - sample agenda for a three hour program includes format, sequence of presentations and segment options.
    Format is in PDF online; Powerpoint version is also available.  Email us at
  • PowerPoint Slides - Ally Toolkit slides with talking points to use in programming and discussion. Contact us for the customizable PowerPoint version.

Program Materials

  • Handouts and Articles to use as background information for the Toolkit
    • SOGI LGBT Terminology 101
    • Ice Breakers
    • TRANS*
    • Comprehensive LGBT Terminology
    • Quiz of Essential Vocabulary for Working With the LGBT Community
    • Do's and Don'ts
    • SOGI Best Practices Guide

Understanding Pronouns

  • Pronoun Etiquette presented by Pidgeon Pagonis

LGBT Implicit Bias

Written Scenarios and Discussion Guide

A Library of Written Scenarios for large or small group discussion with presenters.

Scenario 1 - Workplace Discrimination

Scenario 2 - The Coming Out Process

Scenario 3 - Job Satisfaction

Scenario 4 - Job Performance

Scenario 5 - Family Issues

Scenario 6 - Gender Stereotypes and Physical Appearance

Scenario 7 - Harassment

All Scenarios in One Document

All Scenarios with Discussion and Guides

Facilitator's Guide


The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity's How to Be an Ally Toolkit was made possible through the generosity of AT&T.
If you find these resources useful, please consider making a
donation to the SOGI Fund for Justice and Education.

Additional Resources


  • Burleson, William E., Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community (2005)
  • Danielson, Marivel T., Homecoming Queers: Desire and Difference in Chicana Latina Cultural Production (2009)
  • Howard, Sheena C., Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards and Integrated Queer of Color Framework (2014)
  • Leong, Russell, Ed., Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the gay & lesbian experience (1996)
  • Ochs, Robyn & Rowley, Sarah E., Eds., Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals around the World, 2d. Ed (2009)
  • Rifkin, Mark, When did Indians become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (2011)
  • San Filippo, Maria, The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (2013)
  • Weinberg, Martin S. et al, Dual Attractions: Understanding Bisexuality (1994)

HR Resources

  • EEO Desk-Side Guide
  • EEOC LGBT Field Guidance
  • What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers
  • Title VII Coverage for LGBT Discrimination

Another helpful resource always being updated:

  • SOGI Speakers Bureau

Comments, Suggestions or Questions?

Please contact Skip Harsch Phone: 312-988-5137. We would love to hear about your experiences using the Toolkit.