As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+) 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ employees. The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBTQ+ 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 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.
|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.|
|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.|
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|
|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|
|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.|
|MoneyGeek.com- Resources for LGBTQ+ College Students - A comprehensive, user-friendly guide for prospective or current students, their families, and educators that offers insight to the challenges and concerns that are specific to the LGBTQ+ community.|
|National Association of Colleges & Employers: LGBT Resources - Recently, members of the NACE Community shared a list of resources that they find helpful and valuable in working with LGBT college students, job candidates, and employees.|
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.