Resources for LGBTQ Students

Many students have concerns about planning their careers; for some LGBTQ students, there may be additional aspects to consider. When choosing your career and looking for work, issues may arise, such as disclosure to employers and co-workers, finding careers that fit with your values and locating employers that are LGBTQ friendly.

If you would like to discuss issues related to your career decision making, our Career Counsellors can help; please make an individual appointment by calling 905-828-5451 or coming in to DV 3094. We can help you to understand what is important to you in making your career decision and how to translate that into career options and potential employers.

We also have resources in our Career Library and the e-Book collection that can help, such as:

  • The Pink Pages: Toronto’s Lesbian and Gay Community, Market 3.34, located in our Directories section - listings of services, retail and community groups that are LGBTQ friendly
  • Job Search Strategies, Market 3.34 – section for LGBTQ students with articles on the work search and issues to consider

Helpful websites:

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at the University of Toronto
http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/
Information specific to the U of T community, with events, information and links to community resources.

 Out@UTM
Resources for UTM LGBTQ

Human Rights Legal Support Centre
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code.
http://www.hrlsc.on.ca/en/home

Canada’s Top LGBTQ Employers in 2017
http://www.canadastop100.com/diversity/

Pride at Work
Pride at Work Canada encourages organizations to support authenticity at a corporate level and create workplaces where LGBT employees will be more able to be themselves.
http://prideatwork.ca/

Human Rights in Ontario – Gender Identity and Gender Expression
http://www.ohrc.on.ca

Additional Resources

Human Rights Campaign – Workplace Site (includes transgender-specific resources)
http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace

National Center for Transgender Equality
http://transequality.org/issues/employment

National Center for Lesbian Rights (includes legal issues, transgender issues)
http://www.nclrights.org/our-work/employment/

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/enforcement_protections_lgbt_workers.cfm

Out and Equal
http://www.outandequal.org/

Out for Work
http://www.outforwork.org/

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)
http://www.glsen.org/

Out for Undergrad—Conferences for LGBTQ Students
http://www.outforundergrad.org/

Out Professionals
http://www.outprofessionals.org/

Pride at Work
http://www.prideatwork.org/

Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index
http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index
http://www.hrc.org/resources/search-our-employer-database

National Center for Transgender Equality
http://www.transequality.org/issues/employment

Top 20 Tips for how Business Can Support Its LGBT Workforce
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/lgbt-top-20-tips-supporting-business-workforce

We Need to do More to Keep LGBT Employees From Returning to the Closet
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/sep/14/lgbt-business-training-prejudice-stanford

Coming Out at Work (Human Rights Campaign)
http://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out-at-work

Coming Out as a Supporter (Human Rights Campaign)
http://www.hrc.org/resources/straight-guide-to-lgbt-americans

Authenticity Can Help LGBTQ Leaders Be More Effective
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/authenticity-can-help-lgbtq-leaders-be-more-effective

LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers
http://www.thebigidea.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/7_habits_of_hightly_effective_mangement_LGBT.pdf