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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Topics include: LGBT training, transgender voices in the workplace, mental health, workplace inclusion, discrimination and career counselling with gender-diverse individuals.
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 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.
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 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.
- 7 ways to make your workplace welcoming for trans people (CPA Canada)
- Best employers to work for that are LGBTQ positive (Monster)
- Beyond binarism: Countering gender identity discrimination in the workplace (Careering magazine)
- Career Counseling with LGBT Clients (Prezi)
- Case Study: Job-shadowing program helps LGBTQ2+ students navigate workplace concerns (Careering magazine)
- How to Make Your Workplace More LGBT Friendly (& Why You Should) (Envato Tuts+)
- Job Searching While LGBTQ: How to Find a Truly Inclusive Place to Work (The Muse)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Workplace Issues: Quick Take (Catalyst)
- LGBTQ+ Microaggressions in The Workplace (NCDA)
- LGBTQ2+ minority stress in the workplace: How discrimination hurts health (CareerWise)
- Making meaningful connections: LGBTQ2+ communications (CareerWise)
- Promoting LGBTQ students’ well-being in schools (Counseling Today)
- Roll out the employer welcome mat to LGBTQ jobseekers: Diversity matters, inclusion is us (Careering magazine)
- Singular They is Okay: Practical Approaches for Creating Inclusivity for all Genders (NCDA)
- Tips for LGBTQI2S employment during the COVID-19 pandemic (Egale)