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LGBTQIA+

Boise State Career Services welcomes and embraces LGBTQIA+ students/alumni and supports social justice advocacy and activism for creating a safe and equitable world. We provide inclusive services to support career exploration and career development that honors intersecting identity development. We understand you may encounter unique career planning challenges related to sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression in the workplace and are committed to supporting you as you continue your career journey.

Below are some resources we hope will be valuable to you in your career planning and job search.

Contact us at career@boisestate.edu if you would like to add resources or have questions about the resources provided.

National Resources

Human Rights Campaign

  • Human Rights Campaign: Supreme Court is On Right Side of History for LGBTQ Rights
  • GENEQ: Guide to Entering the Workforce – The GenEQ Guide to Entering the Workforce was created to help LGBTQ young people make the transition to the workplace. Purposeful planning can help you navigate the decisions you’ll make during the job search, such as finding employment policies and inclusive benefits, finalizing resume content, devising interview strategies and networking.
  • Corporate Equality Index – HRC’s CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQIA+ employees.
  • Healthcare Equity Index – the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2019 evaluates more than 1,600 healthcare facilities nationwide.

National Center for Transgender Equality 

National Center for Lesbian Rights (includes legal issues, transgender issues)

Out and Equal

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)

Out for Undergrad—Conferences for LGBTQ Students

Out Professionals

Pride at Work

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers

Common Questions

How do I decide if/when to come out during my job search?

Deciding if/when to come out during your job search is a personal decision. Here are some things to consider when making that decision: Coming Out at Work – Human Rights Campaign

Is it alright to use my chosen name on my resume and cover letter?

Yes. They are not legal documents. You are not required to list your legal name on either document. Think of using alternative naming options.

Do I Include my involvement with LGBTQIA+ Organizations on my Resume?

There are three options:

  1. Out & Proud! Be open about your involvement and your passion for the organization.
  2. Emphasize skills rather than organization. Highlight leadership, budgeting, event planning, public speaking and organizational skills.
  3. Omit any reference.

You must weigh the pros and cons of expressing this information on a resume. You might come to the conclusion that you do not want to include it. This is a personal choice.

What can an employer ask me during an interview pertaining to my sexual identity or gender identity?

It is illegal for employers to ask you about your sexual orientation or gender identity.
Caution: once an interviewee discusses personal information-employers are allowed to ask questions about that identity.

What do I wear to the interview?

“…for transgender and gender non-conforming people like myself, the question of what to wear to work becomes an exhausting question of identity and of survival. For us, the question changes from ‘how do I present my best self at work?’ to ‘can I present my best self at work?’” – Jacob Tobia – Why I’m Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid