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Resources for LGBTQ Students

The CDO recognizes that LGBTQ students may encounter unique situations in the job market and is committed to assisting members of the Vassar community at all stages of career development. We encourage LGBTQ students and alumni who have questions pertaining to career development to make an appointment with our office. Our career counselors can help identify inclusive employers in various industries, provide advice on being out as an applicant and in the workplace, edit resumes and cover letters, and prepare for interviews. We encourage LGBTQ students to work closely with the LGBTQ Center and the CDO as they begin to seek internships and employment.

Campus Resource for LGBTQ Students

The Vassar College LGBTQ Center enhances the campus life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students and their allies by providing social, cultural and academic programming; fostering strong leaders; highlighting Vassar’s unique history; and engaging the entire campus in discussions of social justice and inclusion.

Employment-Related Online Resources for LGBTQ Students

There are numerous online resources intended to help LGBTQ people find jobs and internships, secure accommodation in the workplace, and understand their rights as employees under state and federal legislation:

FAQs for Transgender Job Seekers

The University of Vermont has compiled a wonderful resource with FAQ and links to many of the resources featured above.

GLAD

New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans. The site contains a number of resources for conducting research on the policies and practices of major companies towards LGBTQ employees and customers. The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) tool provides information about non-discrimination policies, domestic partnership benefits, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, and organizational competency in LGBTQ inclusion programs for a wide array of companies.  HRC also publishes Municipal and Healthcare Equality Indices. 

National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force aims to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Task Force trains activists, equips state and local organizations with skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda, advances pro-LGBT legislation, and builds the movement’s organizational capacity. The organizations website contains state-by-state information about LGBT rights and movements, features updates about the movement and pertinent issues, and highlights ways to get involved. 

Out & Equal

“Out & Equal’s mission is to educate and empower organizations, human resource professionals, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics. The website also hosts a job search function that links job-seekers to openings at LGBT-inclusive employers. 

Out for Work

Out for Work (OFW) provides resources and services that help educate, prepare, and empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally College Students for the transition from academia to the workplace. OFW’s website offers “programs, resources and services that provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities.” The organization also works with career development offices across the country (including at Vassar) to facilitate best practices in advising and assisting LGBTQ students and alumni in their job and internship searches. Finally, the OFW website hosts a Resume Review function for LGBTQ students who are debating whether to be out on their resume. 

Outprofessionals.com

OutProfessionals is a job search and networking web site including a directory of businesses, women’s network, LGBT events and links, and volunteer opportunities. The organization hosts regular networking and professional development events.

Transgender at Work

“The Transgender at Work (TAW) project is a focal point for addressing workplace issues for the transgendered. TAW provides resources for innovative employers who want to set their company employment policies to help their transgendered employees to be at their most productive, without spending energy hiding an important part of themselves and pretending to be something they are not.” TAW works with employers to make workspaces and company policies inclusive to transgender employees, and provides advice and support to transgender job-seekers and workers. 

Transgender Employment Empowerment Initiative

A collaborative effort of Jewish Vocational Services, the Transgender Law Center and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to help transgender job seekers find and keep jobs.

Transgender Law Center

Features comprehensive Resources on transgender law.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

The Transgender Civil Rights project is a leading source for providing legislative, policy and strategy assistance.

Transgender Workplace Diversity

A blog hosted by transgender attorney and consultant Jillian Weiss, providing information for human resource professionals, lawyers, transgender employees and allies on workplace-related issues.