LGBTQ Career Planning Resources

Are you unsure whether or how to disclose your gender or sexual identity during your job search? Or are you concerned that you will experience discrimination in your new workplace? In this section, you will find resources and organizations that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals with their job search, including resources that will help you understand issues around disclosure and discrimination. You will also learn about employers and find supportive professional networks.

Understanding Disclosure

  • GenEQ Guide to Entering the Workforce
    Human Rights Campaign
    This guide is for LGBT people who are transitioning to the workplace. The guide helps job seekers understand the considerations around disclosing gender identity and/or sexual orientation during the job search process and after starting a new job.

    It also offers detailed information and links to help job seekers understand employment laws, employer non-discrimination policies, and how to evaluate employer benefits.
  • LGBTQ Vocabulary: Pronouns
    Mossier
    A person’s identity doesn’t always fit into binary gender descriptions. Use the correct personal pronouns to create an inclusive workplace. This resource discusses why pronouns are important and offers examples of how to share personal pronouns in a professional setting.

Networking and Employers

  • Proud to Work Career Fair
    Mossier
    Attending a career/job fair is a great way to learn about the workplace culture of employers who are hiring. The Proud to Work Career Fair is a free annual event in October that features employers who are actively prioritizing the inclusion of LGBTQ talent.
  • Twin Cities Quorum 
    Quorum is Minnesota's LGBTQ and Allied Chamber of Commerce. Members include businesses, corporations, nonprofits and professionals throughout the state of Minnesota. Memberships are available for young professionals and other individuals.
  • Corporate Equality Index
    Human Rights Campaign
    This national benchmarking tool measures policies, practices, and benefits that impact on LGBTQ people in the workplace for LGBTQ people. An employer search is available. Download the report document to see top ranked employers. You will also find information about nondiscrimination policies and equal benefits that can help you evaluate an employment offer.

Federal and state legal identity documents can be updated to show your correct name and gender information. The process for updating documents differs in each state and may take time. Use the resources below to learn the steps needed to fix documents you will use when applying for a job.

Birth Certificates
OutFront Minnesota
Learn how to amend sex information and name on a Minnesota birth record. Identity Documents Transgender Law Center transgenderlawcenter.org/resources/id Detailed information about the process and issues around amending the name and gender associated with both federal and state identity documents.

Identity Documents
Transgender Law Center
Detailed information about the process and issues around amending the name and gender associated with both federal and state identity documents.

LGBTQ Community
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota
A successful job search requires that you take care of yourself physically and emotionally. NAMI offers information about LGBTQ community resources, including local support groups that you can connect with.

LGBTQIA Resources
Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, University of Minnesota
The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life at the University of Minnesota keeps a comprehensive listing of community resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied or asexual (LGBTQIA) people.

JustUs Behavioral Health Clinic
JustUs Health works to provide equitable health care access and outcomes. Services offered include individual and group therapy as well as chemical health services.
1000 University Avenue West #20, St Paul, MN
612-373-9160
clinic@justushealth.org
Teletherapy options are available.

LGBTQ Health
Family Tree Clinic familytreeclinic.org/services/lgbtq-health Family Tree Clinic is a non-profit clinic that provides outreach, education, and clinic services, including sexual health services and specialized care for LGBTQ individuals.
1619 Dayton Ave #205
St Paul, MN
651-645-0478 Telehealth appointments are available.

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