Resources for 2SLGBTQ+ Students

Many students have concerns about planning their careers; for some 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2SLGBTQ+ friendly. 

Read Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students 

It is important to acknowledge the necessity of this resource given the labour market and employment outcomes for trans and nonbinary people. According to the TransPulse project (2015), “28 per cent of trans Ontarians could not get employment references with their current name [...and] 18 per cent were turned down for a job” due to their gender identity and/or expression. Additionally, 17 per cent shared that they have declined a job offer due to concerns around unsafe work environments. These employment barriers can impact trans and nonbinary students at U of T. The TransPulse report states that despite 44 per cent of respondents having a post-secondary or graduate degree, the median income was $15,000 a year for trans-Ontarians. Your Journey recognizes and responds to some of these issues by providing strategies and insights that can support trans and nonbinary students to explore career options, apply for jobs, and navigate the workplace. A PDF version of Your Journey is also available for download. 

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 into 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 e-Book collection. Go to our e-book collection and click on How Can I Navigate Work if I Identify as LGBTQ? 


Helpful Websites 

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


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. 


Pride at Work 
Pride at Work Canada encourages organizations to support authenticity at a corporate level and create workplaces where LGBTQ employees will be more able to be themselves. 

The Pink Pages 

Toronto’s Lesbian and Gay Community, listings of services, retail and community groups that are LGBTQ friendly 


Additional Resources