LGBTQ+ and Careers

Hanna Kotche, Staff Reporter

People would never expect that the way people are born and the way they see themselves could actually affect the way future employers see their potential, and that is the problem that the LGBTQ+ community has to deal with. 

During Pride Week last week, there was a convocation about Careers and the LGBTQ+ community, and the information given was to help students who may have these problems in the workplace and giving them information on what to do and who to contact. 

The first place they mention is Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce which helps find allied businesses, corporations, and professionals in Wisconsin and they focus on being pro-fairness. 

 Secondly, Human Rights Campaign, which is local, national, and global, helps with issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. They mention a lot of resources that will help if you need it, but there is one that stuck out the most which is the Campus Pride. It is a resource for college students, and they help at college fairs, jobs, and careers. They also help safe space training for those who are LGBTQ+. They help you learn what you need in order to fit the job you want.  

There are also scholarships that will help you in your state if you identified in the LGBTQ+ community, and there are also national scholarships that you can apply for as well.  

Students and alumni shared their experiences in the work field, and they explained how their workplaces help them and show that they will treat them the same.   

One alumni explained how her job is very inclusive and since she did just get married, they make sure to say partner or significant other, not husband or spouse. They also helped her with benefits for her wife and helped her get everything correct for the insurance company to be able to put her in the insurance.  

Another alumni explained that he used Glassdoor reviews to help him pick out a company that would help and be an alli to LGBTQ+ people. He explained that it is important to look at that because everyone is honest and explains why they should or should not work there and that was super helpful to him.  

Knowing that people need help and do not know where to start, watching this convocation would be very helpful for the people who are LGBTQ+ community. If you are an alli to the community, you might want to look at that as well because then you can see if your company would hire or help people who identify in the LGBTQ+. If they would not, would you still want to work there?  

Do not be afraid to be yourself and embrace who you are, and the right job will come your way. On top of that, people may not agree, but there are is always a way to fix the situation before restoring to leaving the job or company.