As a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and heteroflexible employee you can face discrimination, harassment, paid less, passed over for advancement, and other challenges in many forms at work. Studies have shown that facing such challenges can lead to stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems that need to be addressed so that you can live a full and productive life both at work an in your private time. Sometimes you suffer in silence and just look for another job. Other times if severe enough it can lead to even more complexities through an LGBT discrimination court case.
I know, you know and now a study shows that being LGBTQ through our life experiences and dedication make outstanding management potential. Also that no matter what role we play as an employee, a company that values you fully as an LGBTQ person has a lot to gain from you individually and collectively as a group of unique perspectives and value.
A Broken Bargain is a report examining the many hardships and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers across the country, written in collaboration between the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
LGBTQ Resources on OutBüro
- Gay Professional Networking 101
- Career Networking as an LGBT Professional – 7 Tips
- Are You OUT as an LGBT Professional on Your Resume?
- 60 Awesome Resume-CV Tips for the Queer Professional
- Job Seeking as an LGBTQ Employee
- LGBT Professional Associations
- LGBT Education Resources – College and University
- Resources for LGBTQ Immigration and Asylum Seekers
Be a Voice for Change
Naturally, we hope you’ve had great work experiences. Maybe it’s been indifferent. Maybe you’ve had some great work environments mixed in with some bad experiences. Your employer experiences can now be a voice for change. Best yet you may do so anonymously on OutBüro. You can review/rate your current and recent past (up to 5 years past) employers on OutBüro providing the companies valuable insight into the issues in their company affecting LGBTQ employees and what they need to change to create an inclusive and welcoming environment. Further, you’ll be providing insights into the workplace for potential future LGBTQ employees considering those companies as employers.
- Be a Superhero – Review Your Current and Recent Past Employers – Your Voice has the Power to Create Change
- Is OutBüro a site for disgruntled LGBT current and past employees to just rant and vent?
- OutBüro Company review guidelines
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it does not charge its clients for legal representation or advocacy, and it receives no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.
- Workplace laws that protect you
- What if you are fired for coming out or suspected as LGBTQ?
- What to do if you have experienced LGBTQ discrimination
- Have you experienced gender discrimination?
- Have you experienced discrimination based on your HIV status?
- Make a difference with good Company LGBTQ friendly policies
- Are you a member of a union? It can be an ally.
- LGBTQ immigration rights
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. We brought our first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. With our reach into the courts and legislatures of every state, there is no other organization that can match our record of making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion.
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
HRC works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
- Coming Out at Work
- LGBT Employee Resources
- Advocating for LGBTQ Equality in Your Workplace
- Coming Out at Work
- Discrimination Against Transgender Workers
- Employee Groups
- Establishing an Employee Resource Group
- Expanding your Employee Resource Group
- HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination
- How can I find an employer’s non-discrimination policy?
Legal Aid at Work -Employment Law Center’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program is dedicated to promoting gender equity and advancing the rights of low-wage women and families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, pregnant women, caregivers, military families and veterans, and other under-represented workers and students. Legal Aid at Work provides workshops, information resources, legal counsel, legal representation in class and individual cases and advocates policy change.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality.
We partner with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.
(NCLR) was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable.
Since 1977, NCLR has been at the forefront of advancing the civil and human rights of our full LGBTQ community and their families through impact litigation, public policy, and public education. Decades ago, NCLR led the way by establishing the first LGBTQ Immigration Project, Transgender Rights Project, Youth Project, Elder Law Project, and began working to end conversion therapy through what is now the Born Perfect campaign.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to create an organization that could support LGBT business owners and showcases the diversity of talent in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, we operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.
Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. We are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community to further social and economic justice. From our national office in Washington, DC, we coordinate and support more than 20 Chapters across the country.
We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBTQ Community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBTQ working people, and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBTQ community.
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
- Processing Complaints of Discrimination by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Federal Employees
- Gender Stereotyping: Preventing Employment Discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Workers
Are you aware of other great resources for LGBTQ employees? Contact us with a link to a URL to add to this listing so all may benefit.