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LGBT Career Resources

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) student preparing for a job or internship search, you will want to think through these additional career planning challenges related to your sexual orientation. For the most part, college life has been a supportive environment, with an LGBT resource center, welcoming staff across campus, active student groups, and university-backed non-discrimination and benefits policies. The workplace can be quite different, in terms of the openness of and support for LGBT employees. Industries and geographic regions may vary widely in their policies and support, and you will want to research your options carefully to meet your individual needs and goals. The following collection of resources is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the job or internship search and the culture of the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers or rules, only what is right for you. Feel free to address questions on coming out at work and during the job search to career services advisors.

Career and LGBT Resources

Human Right’s Campaign Worknet - 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.   

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 For Work - A nonprofit dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace. Includes a Career Library of information, and conferences for students and alumni.
LGBT Career Link - Find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies and research careers by networking with your LGBT and allied colleagues.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – Business advocate for LGBT owned and friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations.  
Lamda Legal - National LGBT civil rights organization; web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases.
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation – Internship programs designed to expose students to nonprofit organizational work in the field of gay and lesbian nonprofit advocacy.
Center for Gender Sanity – Advice and assistance for all aspects of gender transition in the workplace.
Transgender Law and Policy Institute - non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society.
National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
- Includes job listings for college and university positions.
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce - Nondiscrimination and other information from a national grassroots organization.

Conferences and Networking Organizations

Out Professionals - Leading gay and lesbian professional networking site.
Federal Globe - LGBT organization that represents the interests of federal employees; this site provides legislative resources, press releases and fact sheets. Reaching Out MBA Conference.
Out and Equal
- Non-profit organization that discusses LGBT workplace issues.
Pride at Work
- AFL-CIO group that seeks to integrate LGBT concerns into the larger Labor Movement.
Ford GLOBE
- Ford Motor Company’s LGBT employee group’s resource page.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
(NOGLSTP) - We advocate equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility. We practice science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with PRIDE.
Atlanta Executive Network – LGBT networking organization.
Out for Undergraduate Business Conference - Conference held annually in New York City.

LGBT Publications

Echelon Magazine – taking pride in business.
See the Career Library database for more.
Ithaca LGBT Task Force – local organization for advice, events, and referrals.


LGBT Scholarship Resources

GoFinancialAid.com - A list of financial aid information for the LGBT community.
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.