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12 resources for supporting LGBTQ2+ clients’ career development

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. Celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community this Pride by building your knowledge through the guides, toolkits, organizations and more shared in this article. Don’t miss the additional reading section at the bottom for articles on this topic.

Also, if you’re specifically looking for resources to support transgender students and jobseekers, check out our recently published article: Resources to support the career development of transgender people.

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. 

Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)

Canada is home to over 28,000 LGBT+-owned businesses. CGLCC offers programs that either support LGBT+ entrepreneurs with training and tools to be more successful in Canada’s business landscape, or help businesses better support LGBT+ employees, businesses and consumers.

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?
EngiQueers Canada

EngiQueers Canada is a nationwide non-profit organization that represents over 30 member groups at engineering schools across the country. It offers equity, diversity and inclusion training, and hosts CANEQT (The Canadian Advisory Network of Engineers who identify as Queer and/or Trans), a web platform that connects LGBTQ2+ engineering students with engineering professionals and queer-friendly companies.

exeQutive

ExeQutive is a member-driven organization for Toronto/GTA-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) leaders – current and aspiring professionals, executives and entrepreneurs. It hosts events for members.

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.

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.

Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students (University of Toronto)

Your Journey encourages students to reflect on their wants, needs and values, and how these might show up in different career possibilities. It emphasizes the importance of community in the career process, and having a circle of support and guidance to help jobseekers make choices that they feel comfortable with. Your Journey also provides practical tips and strategies – such as how write an effective resume – as well as useful information on rights in the workplace.

Additional reading

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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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