If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) and are preparing for a job or internship search, we want to help you prepare for possible career challenges related to your sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
While LSU strives to provide a supportive environment for our LGBTQIA students, the workplace can be quite different in terms of the openness of and support for LGBTQIA 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 are designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by individuals in the LGBTQIA community during the job or internship search. There are no right or wrong answers or rules, only what is right for you. Feel free to address questions or concerns on coming out at work and during the job search to our career services advisors.
OUT for Work: Louisiana State University is certified by OUT for Work as an LGBTQIA Certified Career Center, and offers resources for emerging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) professionals.
OUT for Work began its Career Center Certification Program in 2009 in part to help academic institutions improve the quality of the support they provide to LGBTQIA students. It is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, preparing and empowering LGBTQIA college students as they transition from academia to the workplace.
Additional Campus Resources
Spectrum at LSU: a campus student organization that supports LSU's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQA+) communities as well as their allies, by providing social support, education, programming, and opportunities to participate in campus and community activism.
LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs: Safe Space Campaign: The Project works to provide a safer space for students, staff, faculty, administration, student organizations, and university departments while representing LGBTQ concerns through advocacy, programming, and educational opportunities
Links of Job Search Resources
OUT for Work LGBTQIA Career Resource Library: This library serves as a one stop location for everything LGBT career related: job searching, resumes, interviews, coming out at work, etc. The library houses books, magazines, links, video clips all at your fingertips.
- Log in information for LSU students and alumni:
HRC: Corporate Equality Index: Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Pro-Gay Jobs: This site assist the GLBT workforce in finding satisfying, enriching jobs with companies that offer: freedom from discrimination and harassment because of their sexual orientation and / or gender, equal benefits for the partners of GLBT employees as compared to those offered to the spouses of married employees, and equal opportunity for advancement and career development.
Out and Equal: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality.
Dealing with Discrimination
If you have the extreme misfortune of experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace, please know your options. Listed below are a few resources that you may find valuable, or request to speak with one of our trusted career center consultants.
Freedom to Work: This is a site about discrimination at work and support if you experience it.
This is a site explaining ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act) and where LGBT populations fall in the act—ie: no protections. GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
Professional Associations & Conferences
HRC: LGBT Student and Professional Associations
OUT for Work 2015 Conference – October 2-4, 2015 OUT for Work will be hosting the 10th anniversary annual national LGBTQIA & Ally College Student Career Conference in Dallas, TX open to students, faculty and staff.