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Frequently Asked Questions

“Where do I want to work?”

While everyone considers geographic location and organization in terms of opportunity, family and friends, work-life balance, environment and setting; those who identify as LGBT+ may have additional concerns like what kind of policies and laws are there to protect their rights and ensure their safety. Some countries, cities, and companies are more LGBT+ friendly and inclusive than others. The value placed on this varies for each individual. Check the LGBT+ Career Sites for information on LGBT+ friendly companies and state laws.

“How out at work do I want to be?”

This question can start as early as the resume. Many LGBT+ members and allies are involved in clubs, organizations, jobs, and projects that can possibly out them if put on a resume. These experiences can also come up during interviews or when potential employers contact references. Keep in mind that anything you put on your resume is fair game for an employer to ask you about. It is important to know beforehand how out someone wants to be, which is an incredibly personal choice that only they can make. Also, recruiters and hiring managers search candidates and check their social media. If a trans* person transitions during their career, previous affiliations can appear in searches. Preparing ahead of time may reduce confusion and unexpected questions.

Once in the job, if someone chooses not to be out at work, simple questions like, “What did you do over the weekend?” may not be so simple. Networking is a huge part of career even after being hired, so considering social media presence and content is still important.

Also, be aware of questions that are illegal for interviewers to ask.

“What do I call myself?”

This is a tricky question if your name does not align with your legal name, but there are many options. Here are some tips, and you can also check out the “Transitioning at Work” section under LGBT+ Career Sites for additional information.

LGBT+ Career Resources


Your Rights at Work

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - Workplace Site

Lambda Legal

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

Transgender Law Center: Equality Map (TLC)

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Job Search

CenterLink (job openings at LGBT community centers and other related work)

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals (includes non-higher ed job listings as well)

Idealist (for non-profit jobs, internships, and volunteer work)

LGBT in Higher Ed (higher ed job listings)


Professional Development

Out for Undergrad (Conferences for LGBTQ Students)

Out for Work


Transitioning at Work

FAQs for Trans* Job Seekers (RIT)

FAQ’s for Transgender Job Seekers (University of Vermont)

Gender Identity Guidance (U.S. Office of Personnel Management)

Model Transgender Employment Policy (TLC)

The Struggle to Change Your Gender While Keeping Your Job (article)

Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines (HRC)


Professional Orgs

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Gender & Sexuality Action Committee

The Association of LGBT Journalists

The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists

Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity

Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA)

Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA)

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Scientists

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)

National LGBT Bar Association (LGBT Bar)

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)

Out and Equal

Out Professionals

Pride at Work

The Publishing Triangle – The Association of Lesbians and Gay Men in Publishing


Employee Sponsored LGBT+ Groups

EQUAL! (Alcatel-Lucent)

Ford GLOBE

GALAXe Pride at Work (Xerox)

LEAGUE at AT&T

LGBT Employee Resource Group at Microsoft


LGBT+ at JMU

LGBT & Ally Education Program

Madison Equality

Safe Zone


Additional Resources

GLAAD Resource List

LGBTQ Student Resources & Support

National LGBTQ Task Force

OutServe - Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)


To suggest an addition to this page, please contact Sylvia Lee at lee22sh@jmu.edu 

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