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Resources for LGBTQ+

With the rapidly changing local, state, and national landscapes as they relate to LGBTQ+ rights, including employment and public accommodation protections, navigating the career development process can be confusing and challenging. But we are here to help and support you!

Career counselors are available by appointment to assist you with a wide array of career planning topics and any other professional questions you may have. For quick help, take advantage of our ‘no appointment needed’ policy with our same day drop-in service, available when class is in session. Our career counselors can help answer your questions with 10-15 minute long appointments from 12-1PM, Monday through Friday (first come, first served).

Below are some resources for LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and professionals. The CCD is committed to personal and professional growth, and would love your help in adding to this list. If you have an additional career resource, please reach out to us at ccd@rice.edu. We would love to hear from you.

Career Resources

Human Rights Campaign – Corporate Equality Index: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. This can be a wonderful tool as you explore organizations supportive of LGBTQ+ rights.

Pride at Work: Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. They 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.

Out & Equal: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality. They 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. There is also a local Houston Chapter, along with LGBT CareerLink, a job board for LGBT job seekers.

LGBTQ Students & College Affordability: A list of LGBTQ+-specific resources and scholarships to help make college (more) affordable!

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunitiy Commission: File a discrimination complaint

Professional Organizations and Associations

Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA): serves journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): the world’s largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare professionals.

National LGBT Bar Association (LGBT BAR): a national association of lawyers, judges, and legal professionals promoting justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP): a professional society for LGBT people in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM): empowers LGBTQ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: NGLCC certifies LGBT-owned businesses that operate in every industry

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies: glifaa is a membership based organization that works to secure fair treatment of LGBT colleagues in the United States and overseas