LGBT Resources for Practitioners and Employers

The following resources are specifically meant for practitioners and employers who seek to better serve LGBT people. In addition to these resources, practitioners and employers should familiarize themselves with the LGBT Resources page so they can refer clients and employees to information about LGBT career development, LGBT-friendly job search sites, and housing and mortgage information for same-sex couples.


Career Counseling with LGBT Clients: What Practitioners Need to Know

As presented by Cat Saunders at the 2011 MPACE Annual Conference, this guide serves as an introduction to providing culturally competent career counseling to LGBT individuals. Feel free to download and share this resource. Please do not cite without author permission, as this is a draft copy.

Out for Work Career Center Certification Program

The Out for Work certification program is designed to assess and evaluate the quality, quantity, and availability of LGBT-specific resources and support available to students at academic career centers. Out for Work helps provide tools, resources, and training materials to career centers to improve the quality of services offered to LGBT students.

Employer Resources

The Human Rights Campaign‘s provides guidelines on implementing or expanding company policies regarding issues of importance to LGBT employees.


LGBT Professional Associations

Career counseling professionals and employers alike can gain knowledge about the issues impacting LGBT workers and how to better serve them by connecting with LGBT professional associations.

Transgender Workplace Diversity Network

A resource network on transgender workplace diversity for HR managers, diversity professionals, lawyers, transgender employees, and allies.


A nonprofit organization dedicated to creating great business leaders by fostering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) entrepreneurs by fostering mentorship and creating educational events.

Out In Tech

As an incorporated not-for-profit entity, Out in Tech serves as an industry-wide affinity group for LGBT professionals in the tech industry. Out in Tech currently operates in New York and San Francisco.

Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues in Counseling

A national association of counselors advocating for issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc.

A national organization of LGBT people and their allies who are employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.

Federal Globe

A national association created to support the rights of the LGBT military, civil service community, aligned contractors, those who wish to serve, and friends and family.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

An organization of LGBT physicians, medical students, and their supporters.

National LGBT Bar Association

A national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated LGBT legal organizations that promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

An organization for teachers and educators that strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

An organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students that works from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. The NLGJA opposes workplace bias against all minorities and provides professional development for its members and has valuable information regarding workplace campaigns.

Golden Gate Business Association

An association that connects the San Francisco LGBT community through business, educating leaders through business skills development, increasing visibility, and advocating to create positive change socially, economically and politically. The Golden Gate Business Assocation provides a directory of local LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly establishments, programming and events, small business resources, and information on LGBT travel.

Gays Who Tech

A San Francisco-based Meetup group hosting networking event and speaker engagements for LGBT professionals and entrepreneurs in the tech industry.

Santa Barbara Gay & Lesbian Business Association

An association that strives to strengthen the economic influence and cultural vitality of the Santa Barbara LGBT community through programming and networking opportunities, community improvement projects, humanitarian efforts, student scholarships, and a business directory of local LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly establishments.


Compiled in collaboration with Michael Rogers, Ph.D, Andrew Fitch, and Danielle Aguilar.

Is your favorite career development resource missing from this list? Feel free to submit your own resources.