GLBT Career Resources
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) students who are preparing to enter into the workforce may find additional career planning challenges related to sexual orientation/gender identity. Career Services has identified select resources and websites that may be helpful. Keep in mind that there is no one answer to the questions that you may face, but our career counselors are available to help you with questions regarding employment and the interview process. All of our counselors are Safe Zone Program members and are available to support you during your career development and job search process.
Below you will find links to pages with information in categories to make your search for information simpler.
One of the most difficult questions to answer is whether to "come out" as GLBT during the job search process and when you are in your chosen workplace. This is a very personal question with no "one size fits all" answer. You will need to evaluate what is most important to you. Some questions to consider:
Is it important for you to be yourself in the process and weed out employers who may not be supportive?
Or is it important to you to work for a particular organization and not be out as GLBT so that you do not have to worry about facing potential discrimination?
Do you prefer to keep your private life private or do you want to be able to discuss your personal life with your coworkers?
Below, find some additional resources compiled by career centers across the country to help you in making this decision.
Out in the Workplace? A Guide from Career Services - This guide written by Career Services counselors at the University of Pennsylvania offers advice on topics such as coming out during the job search process and resume writing.
Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making - Excellent resources guide from Lawrence University's Career Services office. The guide provides information on resumes, interviews, employer research, workplace discrimination, and coming out in the workplace.
Once you have made the personal decision of how to conduct your job search process, it will be important to be aware of workplace and employment issues that could affect you now and in the future. Here are resources that discuss GLBT workplace issues and provide advice on various career-related topics.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network - National organization that aims to educate individuals to make schools safe for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Human Rights Campaign WorkNet - The best source of information on workplace and corporate policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Out & Equal - "Out & EqualTM Workplace Advocates is the pre-eminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community in the workplace. Website includes resources, links and information about their national event.
Part of the job search process will include identifying safe and affirming organizations that will provide you the benefits and supports necessary for happy and productive work. The following websites will assist you in identifying GLBT friendly employers and organizations.
Human Rights Campaign - Source of information on workplace and corporate attitudes and policies surrounding sexual orientation.
Worknet Employer Database - Provides information on companies with non-discrimination policies, domestic partner benefits, and GLBT employee groups.
Out for Work - OFW's programs, resources and services provide
assistsance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore
career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment
Another way to identify GLBT friendly employers is to identify job postings and organizations that value and target diverse workers. The following websites and organizations have job postings with GLBT friendly organizations, organizations that value diversity or GLBT organizations that have job postings or internship opportunities available.
National Consortium of Directors of GLBT Resources in Higher Education - Includes job listings for college and university positions.
www.hirediversity.com - An employment service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workers. Employers and recruiters can post job openings, and job seekers can post resumes.
Employment | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Employment and internship opportunities with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
Idealist.org - Thousands of job
listings, most in the non-profit sector. This website allows you to search by
interest and includes "GLBT" as an area of focus.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES with National Organizations
http://www.aclu.org/careers - The ACLU National Office in New York City offers the Crawford Fellowship focusing on lesbian and gay rights and AIDS Projects.
http://www.glaad.org/careers - GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
www.glad.org - Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
http://www.victoryfund.org/our_story/careers - The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly GLBT candidates and officials.
http://www.immigrationequality.org/about/jobs-and-internships - The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (now called Immigration Equality) is a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists who address the widespread impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community and immigrants who are living with HIV/AIDS.
http://www.lambdalegal.org/about-us/jobs - Lambda Legal is a non-profit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgender, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
http://www.sldn.org - Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.
Part of your career and future planning should be an awareness of legal protections that are available to GLBT individuals in certain parts of the country. Here are links and information on legal protections and organizations that advocate for GLBT rights.
Lambda Legal - National GLBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.National Gay & Lesbian Task Force - Issue Maps on topics such as discrimination laws, hate crimes and adoption.
American Civil Liberties Union - This site includes updates of recent legal issues and provides resources and information on rights and job discrimination policies.
Transgender Law and Policy Institute - Gathers info on employer and union policies, as well as laws related to gender identity/expression.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Helps keep you up on the latest laws and issues.
Out Professionals - NYACM was founded in 1983 by ten gay men and lesbians. We didn't really know what to call this new group when we began, but we thought the title "New York Advertising and Communications Network" was descriptive yet generic enough to not offend straight sensibilities.
Pride at Work - AFL-CIO group that seeks to integrate GLBT concerns into the larger Labor Movement.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies - GLIFAA is a non-profit that works to secure full parity for gay and lesbian personnel and their families in U.S. foreign affairs agencies serving in the United States and overseas.
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association - An organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students who work from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues
The Publishing Triangle - The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes.
Minority Corporate Counsel Association - (MCCA) was founded to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. There are resources listed on their website specifically targeting gay and lesbian lawyers.
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association - GLMA works to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals and health care professionals.
Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association - The Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association is a professional organization whose mission is to provide support for individuals, education to the community, and a forum for information exchange and social interaction.
National Association of Gay Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals- A national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their advocates employed or interested in scientific or high tech fields.
When researching potential employers, consider the following information:
Does the employer's nondiscrimination statement explicitly include gender identity and/or gender expression?
Does the employer's city or state laws explicitly include gender identity and/or gender expression?
Do employee health benefits cover hormones, sex reassignment surgeries, or other trans-related health issues?
Does the employer's place of work have trans-friendly restrooms?
Transgender: Employment and Transition - Includes a FAQ section on transgender and transsexual issues, and a section on transitioning and employment.
Transgender at Work - Provides resources for innovative employers who want to set their company employment policies to help their transgender employees to be at their most productive. Includes links to resources for transgender workers.
Last Modified: November 6, 2012