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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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10 resources for supporting LGBTQ2+ clients’ career development

This week saw a major win for the LGBTQ2+ workforce in the United States when a landmark Supreme Court ruling determined that employers cannot fire workers for being gay or transgender. However, this important victory is also a reminder of the challenges LGBTQ2+ people continue to face in the workforce, in their job search and in their career development overall. In a 2016 Canadian study by Telus, 37% believed that their workplace was not inclusive of lesbian and gay people, while 45% believed that the same workplaces were not inclusive of trans people.

For career professionals to adequately support LGBTQ2+ jobseekers, they must understand the challenges and barriers this client group can face, as well the immense diversity that exists within it. It is important to be aware of effective and appropriate communication and resources that may benefit clients. While you may not be able to cheer on your local Pride parade this year, celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community by building your knowledge through the guides, toolkits, organizations and more shared in this article.

 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers [Competition/ranking]

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual (LGBT) peoples. 

Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit to Support the Implementation of Institutional and Social Change (The 519) [Toolkit]

This toolkit covers topics including: being an effective trans ally, being a supportive peer or co-worker, supporting an employee in transition and the rights of trans people.

Egale Canada

Egale Canada works to improve and save lives through research, education and awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. It offers training and workshops, as well as educational materials.

Employment support services for LGBTQ+ individuals (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) [Guide]

This guide answers questions including:

  • What are the best practices for providing LGBTQ+ specific employment support?
  • How do these models/best practices differ for transgender people and LGBTQ+ newcomers to Canada?
  • What are the barriers LGBTQ+ people face when seeking, gaining and maintaining employment?
LGBTQ and Career Development (CERIC) [Literature search]

Topics include: LGBT training, transgender voices in the workplace, mental health, workplace inclusion, discrimination and career counselling with gender-diverse individuals.

OUT For Business Initiative (Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) [Mentorship program]

OUT For Business Initiative is a mentorship program created to empower LGBT+ youth by providing them the support and guidance to establish or grow their own business. Young LGBT+ business owners tap into the experience and expertise of mentors and other leaders in the LGBT+ business community.  

Pride at Work [Organization]

Pride at Work Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation. Its website features resources including a job board, webinars, an LGBTQ2+ Workplace Inclusion Index and much more. It has also published an extensive LGBT Best Practice Guide for Employers.

Start Proud [Organization]

Start Proud facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQ+ community. It offers mentorship, awards and events.

Toolkits & Guides – Out & Equal

Guides include: What’s Your Pronoun? Strategies for Inclusion in the Workplace; Mental Health, The Workplace, and COVID-19; Best Practices for Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace; and Ally Guiding Behaviors.

Venture Out [Organization and conference]

Venture Out is Canada’s first and largest tech and social impact non-profit organization connecting LGBTQA2S+ people in tech to career opportunities, mentors and each other. It hosts an annual conference.

Additional reading

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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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