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Rights in the Workplace

  • Human Rights Campaign: Information on workplace and corporate attitudes and policies surrounding sexual orientation. Includes links to information about employee groups, organizations and companies that offer benefits to domestic partners.
  • Lamda Legal: A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
  • Out and Equal Workplace Advocates: A national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community in the workplace.
  • American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project: The LGBTQ Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBTQ rights through the courts, legislatures and public education across five issue areas.
  • Transgender Law Center: A civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality: A social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights: A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

Job Search & Career-Related Resources

  • Out For Work: OFW functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBTQ students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities.
  • Simply Hired's Work it "Out": Search for positions with LGBTQ friendly organizations.
  • ProGayJobs: A leading organization dedicated exclusively to the employment needs of the LGBTQ professional workforce.
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: A business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBTQ businesses and entrepreneurs.

Industry Resources

  • Federal Globe: Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender employees of the Federal Government, and for the general public.
  • National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association: An organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students that works within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues.
  • National LGBT Bar Association: A national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ community in all its diversity.
  • Out Professionals: A gay and lesbian networking organization with a diverse membership of entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals and corporate executives.
  • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals: NOGLSTP is a national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their advocates employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.
  • Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA): This organization seeks equality and fairness for LGBTQ employees and their families in foreign affairs agencies.
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN):This organization strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Geographic Resources

Look for LGBTQ groups in your geographic area of interest, as they may have resources and contacts to help you locate employers. Here are some additional resources:

Assessing Employers

A good way to assess an employer initially is to check their website for the following: 

  • Do they have resources/support systems/mentoring, etc.?
  • What are their EEO or hiring policies? 
  • What are their other policies – especially benefits (domestic partner benefits or lack thereof? This can give you clues as to their support.

Check other sources, such as: 

  • Human Rights Campaign Employer Database
  • Internet search results (org name + employee complaints/discrimination/etc.)
  • Our online community and LinkedIn (do any alumni work there who you can ask?)
  • If the company is in your hometown, activate a personal network to learn whether they are LGBTQ friendly.