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  • Annual Gay Lesbian Issues Caucus Meeting:  Join fellow gay and lesbian members of SLA as we freely discuss issues that affect us in the workplace. Topics will include the value of our sexual orientation to the business world. These meetings are always informative, healing and fun, so come speak your mind and make new friends.

    Suggested Topic: As a lesbian or gay man, what added value do I bring to the work environment?

    Location: in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center (exact room to be announced). Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004
    3:45pm - 5:15


    As is our custom, the Gay and Lesbian Caucus met at the annual SLA conference for a roundtable discussion of issues pertaining to our members. 

    The meeting was opened by 2004 Caucus Chair Stephen Fleming who reported that membership stood at 82 people, as of March 2004.  With about 30 people in attendance at, we noted the high participation rate for this year’s roundtable.

    A lively discussion ensued around the topic “What is the Value I Bring to the Workplace as a Gay or Lesbian?” 

    Some of the responses were that we, as GLBT employees, tend to be:

    • Good listeners
    • Sensitive to diversity
    • Inclined towards research
    • Creative thinkers
    • Tuned in to breaking social trends
    • Flexible with working hours
    • Free to travel

    We then held an informal survey to see how many members’ employers had gay-friendly policies in place.  The majority of our members (but not all!) reported yes.

    Participants also discussed issues with managing non-GBLT employees, marriage benefits and the history of GLIC at SLA.  We also brainstormed about speakers and events for next year’s conference.

    Towards the end of the meeting, Tricia Peavler volunteered to join Stephen Fleming as Caucus Co-chair in 2005.  Steven Knittweis will continue as Webmaster and Mary Ellen Bates would stay on as ListServ Mistress.

    Later in the evening, 35 members and friends gathered to have dinner in downtown Nashville at Tribe restaurant.  The restaurant staff was extremely accommodating in seating and serving us, and a good time was had by all.

    If you would like to add your comments, please e-mail Stephen ( or Steven (
  • Nashville Pride: Some of us are also unofficially going to Nashville Pride at 12 noon on Saturday June 5. We plan to meet at the main lobby of the Gaylord Opryland hotel ("The Cascades") at 12 noon, and then go as a group to Centennial Park, where the festival is being held. So far there is no plan to march, just to watch the parade. If you're interested, contact Stephen Fleming.

Meeting Place: The main lobby of Gaylord Opryland by the Cascades at 12:00 pm.

Saturday, June 5, 2004
12:00pm - ?

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