a job in today’s economy, whether you've just graduated from
college or laid off from your job after 20 years, can be difficult
people in the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer, intersex
and asexual community, their concerns may extend beyond just getting
hired, such as how to begin the conversation about addressing a
transgender person by their proper name, for example, or the legal
steps to take in a case of possible discrimination.
guide will provide you with resources to get hired and make sure your
employer is an LGBT friendly workplace, where you'll be welcomed
and celebrated for your talents and for who you are.
The University of California-Davis has put together an LGBT glossary which defines terms that are pertinent to the LGBT community, such as definitions for each letter in the LGBT acronym and a definition of “coming out.”
The web resource also gives information on different ways to refer to one’s gender and sexuality and how to properly refer to them, such as intersex and gender-fluid.
Here, readers can find an information sheet offers examples of different gendered and gender-neutral pronouns, such as he, she, and ze. It also has dialogue examples for how to ask someone which pronoun they prefer to use for themselves.
An infographic that shares a list of words that would be hurtful or painful for people in the LGBT community to hear. The resource includes general “words that hurt,” such as curse words, as well as words that are specifically triggering to the bisexual and transsexual community.
A University of Massachusetts Amherst PowerPoint presentation gives academic leaders information on how to address transgender students as well as examples of transgender discrimination, such as asking invasive questions about their body or challenging their right to use the bathroom that they wish to use.
This page of resources from the Human Rights Campaign shares ideas on how to advocate for LGBT rights in the workplace. Steps to advocating include finding allies who share your concerns and setting up a dialogue.
Here, the Human Rights Campaign offers help on how to identify workplace discrimination, and the laws and policies that are in place to protect LGBT people, such as equal-employment opportunity policies and gender-specific policies.
The page also has a list of statistics about employers that have policies in regards to nondiscrimination policies and gender expression.
For example, as of 2010, 46 percent of Fortune 500 companies and Fortune 100 companies had non-discrimination policies that included gender identity or expression.
Employers can visit this Human Rights Campaign webpage for information on how to define benefits for transgender people and their dependants in the United States. The information included shares tips on how to determine if your workplace’s policy is inclusive and how to address your privacy in the workplace with the human resources department.
A wealth of information, this Huffington Post article includes June 2017 discrimination survey by the University of California Los Angeles’ Williams Center.
In the survey, researchers found that the LGBT population was widely discriminated against, with 21 percent of workers reporting that they had been discriminated against in the areas of employment and pay.
Top 5 rated workplaces in the Fortune 1000 who support Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Equality, according to the
Corporate Equality Index
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates offers job search strategies for those in the LGBT community. Here, you can read company profiles and upload your resume, as well as email a corporate engagement manager for more information and assistance.
Miami University’s Center for Career Exploration and Success, based in Ohio, shares ways to evaluate potential employers and important questions to ask, such as how to “come out” at work and how much to include about one’s sexual identity or gender expression on a resume.
Pro Gay Jobs provides job opportunities specifically designed for people in the LGBT community looking to work in an inclusive environment. A person can search for job listings and get tips on improving their resume.
One can also find out which companies have domestic partner benefits, sponsor employer resource groups to support those who identify as LGBT, conduct diversity training programs and donate to LGBT-friendly organizations.
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce website offers resources on how to certify one’s business, corporate partners and statistics on the millions of dollars annually brought into the economy by LGBT businesses.
NLGJA is the national organization for LGBT journalists. Information on their website includes details about an annual conference, and tips on how to write about those in the LGBT community, such as tips on covering transgender people and military policy.
OSTEM stands for “Out in Science, Technology, Education and Math.” Their website shares information about an annual conference as well as a page of crisis resources for those in the LGBT community who require help in times of need, such as the Trevor Project and 24 hour hotlines for those in the transgender and larger LGBT communities.
This Huffington Post article outlines “11 Facebook Groups Every LGBT Person Should Know,” and includes links to groups that connect people in the LGBT community to safe rideshare programs, advocate programs and resources for parents of transgender children.
LGBT Nation is the “world’s most followed LGBT news source.” The blog has information and articles affecting the LGBT community in areas such as education, health and wellness, celebrity, United States and international news.
The Republic of T. is a philosophical blog on a variety of issues affecting the LGBT community and the world at large.
Written by a gay man and father who also lists himself as a “vegan and Buddhist,” recent blog topics include Confederate symbols, the tragedy in Charlottesville and the current U.S. political administration.
Ramble Redhead’s producer is a never-named Midwestern gay man. In production since 2005, this podcast features interviews with LGBT celebrities and authors and random LGBT people who call the show’s hotline.
Strange Fruit is hosted by two African American people, community activist Jaison Gardner and Professor Dr. Kaila Story, talk about politics and pop culture from the perspective of two black and LGBT individuals.
The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, is a first-person account written by former BP CEO John Browne. In the book, Browne shares why he believes coming out earlier would have been an asset to him, and why it is important to bring one’s authentic self to work.
The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies by inclusion expert Stephen Frost, shares the steps taken to make the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London an inclusive event for everyone, and how inclusive strategies can improve your business.