LGBTQ+ Friendly Criteria

The following information will be used to help determine which businesses, medical practices and/or faith organizations fit Kokomo Pride’s definition of “LGBTQ+ Friendly”.

If you own or manage a business or faith organization and you want to be considered LGBTQ+ Friendly by Kokomo Pride, click on the category you which to be considered for and fill out our form.

Corporations/Businesses

  1. Is sexual orientation expressly included in your non-discrimination hiring policies?
  2. Is gender identity expressly included in your non-discrimination hiring policies?
  3. Are uniforms either gender neutral or, do you allow your employees wear the uniform they feel most comfortable in?
  4. Are your restrooms gender neutral or do you have policies in writing allowing employees and customers to use the restroom of their choice?
  5. Do you participate* in the local LGBTQ+ Community?
  6. Do you take advantage of Kokomo Pride’s education** efforts?
  7. Do you market*** to the LGBTQ+ Community?

Answer the following ONLY if you offer full-time benefits

8. Do your benefits support same-sex couples in the exact same way they support opposite sex couples?

* must answer “yes” to at least 3 of the below to qualify for this criterion*

  • Do your policies allow same-sex partners to use their spouse’s benefits?
  • Do your policies benefit adopted children in the exact same way as they do biological children?
  • Do you offer paternity leave when a male same-sex couple has a child?
  • Do you offer maternity leave for one or two mothers who have adopted or conceived?
  • Does your insurance offer hormone replacement therapy, sex affirmation surgeries and other transgender healthcare requirements?

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Bonus

This question will not hurt your “LGBTQ+ Friendly” status. It can only help.

Do you donate to the LGBTQ+ Community locally, nationally or globally?

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*Kokomo Pride defines “participate” as: (at least 2 items required)

  • Allowing LGBTQ+ events in your space including but not limited to, drag shows, fundraisers, Pride events, diversity events. Kokomo Pride is not the only source of these
  • Hosting Kokomo Pride, Kokomo Pride Youth Group or any other LGBTQ+ organization’s meetings.
  • Financially sponsoring LGBTQ+ events
  • Participating in diversity events like Diversity in the Park
  • Management/ownership participating in events you are unable to host.

**Kokomo Pride will be launching education efforts to help your business reach LGBTQ+ Friendly status or if you are already there, we can help you improve even more. One-on-one education will also count as education efforts.

***Kokomo Pride defines “market” as: (at least 2 items required)

  • Displaying rainbow/trans/LGBTQ flags in your store
  • Selling rainbow gear or services specific to the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Including gay couples/individuals in your advertising
  • Advertising in LGBTQ+ magazines and media.

Faith Organizations

Each faith organization that wishes to be on our list must answer all 10 questions. In order to be considered “LGBTQ+ Friendly” you may only answer “no” to two (2) of the questions.

  1. Are there out LGBTQ+ people and/or their partners in your congregation and do they feel welcome, safe and supported?
  2. Do you, and any other pastors, priests, preachers or leaders offer sermons, speeches, or messages of acceptance (not just tolerance)?
  3. Do you have policies in place banning any and all versions of conversion therapy and counseling that attempts to change or suppress gender identity or sexual orientation?
  4. Do you affirm gender identity?
  5. Are you willing to preside LGBTQ+ weddings?
  6. Are your restrooms gender neutral or do you have policies in writing allowing employees and congregates to use the restroom of their choice?
  7. Do you participate* in the local LGBTQ+ Community?
  8. Do you take advantage of Kokomo Pride’s education** efforts?
  9. Would you allow a member of the LGBTQ+ Community to be employed in your church or be a pastor (other leadership role)?
  10. Can LGBTQ+ Identifying people serve in any capacity at which they are physically, mentally or otherwise able in your organization?

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Bonus

This question will not hurt your “LGBTQ+ Friendly” status. It can only help.

Do you donate to the LGBTQ+ Community locally, nationally or globally?

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*Kokomo Pride defines “participate” as:

–  allowing LGBTQ+ events in your space including but not limited to, drag shows, fundraisers, Pride events, diversity events. Kokomo Pride is not the only source of these.

– hosting Kokomo Pride, Kokomo Pride Youth Group or any other LGBTQ+ organization’s meetings.

– financially sponsoring LGBTQ+ events

– walking in diversity events like Diversity in the Park

– Management/ownership participating in events you are unable to host.

**Kokomo Pride will be launching education efforts to help your business reach LGBTQ+ Friendly status or if you are already there, we can help you improve even more. One-on-one education will also count as education efforts.

Mental Health Professionals

Each mental health professional that wishes to be on our list must answer all relevant questions (10 if you only see adults. 12 if you see minors). In order to be considered “LGBTQ+ Friendly” you may only answer “no” to two (2) of the questions. If you answer “no” to number 4, it is an automatic disqualification.

  1. Are you familiar with LGBTQ+ issues and comfortable talking about them with a client? These issues can include but are not limited to: sex (both the act and the biological definition), gender dysphoria, abuse, HIV status and more.
  2. Do you have specific, ongoing education about LGBTQ+ issues in an official capacity?
  3. Do you keep your religion out of your professional practice and is your office space free of religious paraphernalia?
  4. Do you expressly forbid you or anyone under your authority from recommending any client/patient to any form of conversion therapy*?
  5. Are you a safe person to come out to? i.e, would you ever out a client/patient to anyone (including parents and guardians) without the client/patient’s permission?
  6. Are you able to refer your client/patient to someone who is LGBTQ+ identifying or LGBTQ+ friendly if your client/patient requests?
  7. Is it appropriate for a professional to tell their client/patient “I am not qualified to treat/help you, but I know someone who is better at this need than I am.”?
  8. Is it ever safe, fair or reasonable to claim that someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is “to blame” for their need for a mental health professional?
  9. Are you willing to undergo additional training to further your knowledge on LGBTQ+ issues?
  10. Do you have a list of LGBTQ+ friendly resources you could refer your client/patient to?

Answer the following questions ONLY if you see minors

  1. Do you have a way or method of documenting your conversations in your meeting notes that will not “out” your client/patient to their parents?
  2. Do you have a list of Youth Friendly resources you can refer your client/patient to should they ask?

*Conversion therapy is defined as any treatment in an attempt to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Medical Offices – Physical Health

Criteria TBD

Attorneys

Criteria TBD

Reach out!

info@kokomopride.lgbt

(765) 319-8803