Diversity doesn’t just mean ethnic background, but it includes all aspects of people that make them unique, including sexual orientation and identity. Sexual orientation is different from other diverse aspects because it’s one that is not visibly evident. Employees could be stressed when deciding to disclose sexual identity in the workplace, due to the concern about the company and/or coworkers’ reactions.
I’ve worked with a number of job seekers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and a common question they have is if and when to disclose their sexual identity. This is a decision that can only be made by the individual, but it’s my responsibility, as a counselor, to provide people with resources to make an informed decision. Here are some great resources for those who identify as LGBTQ. These Web sites help to do research on companies who are LGBTQ friendly, provide articles and educational resources for the job seeker, guides, and more.
LGBTCareerLink Out & Equal’s LGBTCareerLink.com links diversity-friendly employers with top LGBT talent. The LGBT and allied workforce needed their own professional networking site and employers asked for a direct recruiting route to the LGBT Workforce. Visitors come from as far away as India.
GAY.COM (Gay Business Site) Web site offers information and articles related to the workplace, links to companies in their Corporate Pride Directory, and tips on finance.
GLPCareers GLPCareers.com, Gay and Lesbian Professionals, is a job search engine providing employment opportunities and resources to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) job seeker in the US. The mission of GLPCareers is to promote excellence in employment services for the gay community by matching highly qualified GLBT employees with a gay-friendly environment.
Federal Globe Federal GLOBE’s chartered purpose is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the federal government based on sexual orientation by (1) developing and providing educational programs, materials and assistance mechanisms which address the distinctive concerns and problems of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals in the federal government and (2) educating the general public, policy makers, and federal employees about issues of concern to lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Website also provides links to other resources in government, non-for-profit, and private sectors.
Human Rights Campaign The Human Rights Campaign envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Career Resources from the Career Services University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost for University Life Web site provides resources designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace.
University of Wisconsin, River Falls Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making Web site is titled, “A Practical Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Students.”
Karen is a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). At IPFW she assists students in finding internships, coordinates and assists with campus-wide events, teaches a Career Planning course, and meets with students to assist them with all aspects of career development. Connect with Karen via LinkedIn or Twitter.