As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) student preparing for entry into the workforce, you may find yourself faced with additional career planning challenges related to your sexual orientation. For the most part, university life has been a supportive environment, with a wonderful LGBT resource center, active student groups, and university-backed non-discrimination policies. The workplace can be quite different, in terms of the openness of and support for LGBT employees. The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace. There are no hard and fast rules, so you should feel free to address questions on coming out at work and during the job search to career counselors at Career Services.
|Out for Undergraduate Business Conference - Conference held annually in New York City. Scholarships to cover travel expenses and lodging are available for exceptional applicants. The $40 conference registration fee includes all conference meals, event memorabilia, and all panels / modules.|
|Out in the Workplace? A Guide from Career Services - This guide written by Career Services counselors offers advice about coming out during the job search process and in the workplace, in addition to resume writing and interviewing tips.|
|Human Rights Campaign - Source of information on workplace and corporate attitudes and policies surrounding sexual orientation. Includes links to information about employee groups, organizations and companies offering domestic partnership benefits, and legal and discrimination policies. Also a bibliography of career related issues.
The Human Rights Campaign is also the publisher of the Corporate Equality Index. This index "provides a simple way to evaluate whether America's biggest employers are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers equitably." The index is based on a 10-point system that rates corporate policies and actions toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Of particular interest is their recent white paper on Transgender-Inclusive Benefits for Employees and Dependents.
Out For Work - A nonprofit dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace.
Read their annual HOT SHOTS publication online here or in print in the Career Services library.
|ProGayJobs.Com - First e-Recruitment site dedicated to gays and lesbians to get jobs in gay-friendly companies. The website provides job postings from companies that promote diversity and provide safe and open environments for Gay and Lesbian workers.|
|Out Professionals - Leading gay and lesbian professional networking site.|
|GLP Careers - Jobs for the gay community.|
|GoFinancialAid.com - A list of financial aid information for the LGBT community.|
|Lamda Legal - National LGBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.|
|Transgender: Employment and Transition - A web site of transgenderist issues that includes a section on transitioning and employment.|
National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education - Includes job listings for college and university positions.
|Out and Equal - Non-profit organization based in San Francisco that discusses LGBT workplace issues.|
|Pride at Work - AFL-CIO group that seeks to integrate LGBT concerns into the larger Labor Movement.|
|National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
|Federal Globe - LGBT organization that represents the interests of federal employees.|
|Personal Finance Guide for LGBTs from Aptus Insurance.|
|About.com - List of LGBT Scholarships|
|College Scholarships.org - List of LGBT Scholarships|
|FinAid.org - List of Financial Aid Links for LGBT Students|
|HRC.org - List of Scholarships for LGBT Students|
|Suite101.com - List of LGBT College Scholarships|
|Washburn.edu - List of LGBT Scholarships|
|LGBT Weekly - Online magazine with lots of resources.|
|I AM: Trans People Speak - A project to raise awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities.|
|Sylvia Rivera Law Project - Organization that works against transgender discrimination, violence and harrassment to try to improve equality for transgender individuals.|
|Simplyhired - A LGBT-friendly job search|
|Center for Gender Sanity - Program that helps employed transgender people transition and educates people about their transexual coworkers.|
|National Center for Transgender Equality - Social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.|
|Transgender Law Center - A nonprofit organization that takes on transgender legal battles to enhance transgender equality in the United States.|
|Transgender Law and Policy Institute - A nonprofit that aims to help transgender individuals by watching policy developments and legal issues on the subject.|
All staff members of Career Services are active allies of Penn's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. If you have questions about career planning, concerns about the job search, and are questioning how your sexual orientation might influence your career decisions, we welcome and encourage you to discuss these concerns with a career counselor.