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Recognizing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex students and alumni may have some unique considerations in their work-related decisions, our career counselors are committed to helping LGBTQ students/alum with their specific concerns and issues. As staff and allies, we strive to:
Should I reveal my sexual orientation or gender identity in my resume or cover letter?
Revealing your gender identity or sexual orientation at any stage of the job search process is a very personal decision — there is no “right” or “wrong” answer.
Once again, revealing your sexual orientation or gender identity at any stage of the job search process is personal and up to you.
What work considerations do I need to think about as a transgender person?
It is important to be aware of state statutes regarding gender identity. Right now in 33 states there is no state law protecting transgender people from being fired or not being hired in the first place because of who they are. Only 17 states (CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IL, IA, MA, ME, MN, NJ, NM, NV, OR, RI, VT, and WA) and D.C. currently prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
There are several search engines designed specifically to help job seekers find LGBTQ-friendly employers, workplace information, and networking opportunities.
Northeastern University LGBTQ Resources
The LGBTQA Resource Center at Northeastern has programs and events, resources, and opportunities for training and education for Northeastern’ s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students. The LGBTQA resource center also strives to create an active and engaged LGBTQA community on campus.
Rights in the Workplace
The HRC has a page devoted to workplace issues and resources, including employer benefits, diversity programs, and information on equal opportunity employers. Check out the Corporate Equality index, ranking employers based on their policies and practices related to the LGBT community.
National organization devoted to the LGBT community in the workplace to end employment discrimination.
The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.
Job Search and Career Related Resources
GLBT employees of the Federal government.
GLP Careers is a job search engine providing employment opportunities and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender job seekers in the US.
Find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies and research careers by networking with your LGBT and allied colleagues.
Mass equality is a Massachusetts organization that has resources and contacts to help locate LGBTQ friendly employers.
An organization dedicated exclusively to the employment needs of the GLBT professional workforce, with a job search engine for GLBT-friendly companies.
The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference provides future LGBT leaders from around the world the opportunity to network, learn, and improve their skills so they will emerge stronger and more confident in the business world. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBT community and recruit top level talent.
A collection of resources about transitioning on the job and other issues transsexual and transgendered workers and their employers may face.
Out For Undergrad grew out of the success of the Reaching Out MBA Conference. This group hosts two annual conferences, one for the business sector and one for the technology sector, and also sponsors a leadership summit for promising members of the LGBT community.
Out for Work prepares LGBT college students for work as they transition from college to the workplace by providing students with advice and other opportunities.
Out Professionals is a job search and networking website including a directory of businesses, women’s network, LGBT events and links, and volunteer opportunities.
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