LGBTQ+ Rights Jobs That Make a Difference

For people who have a passion for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, there are many different jobs they can do to make a difference. For example, some companies include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies.

Other organizations such as Lambda Legal fight for LGBTQ+ rights through impact litigation and education. These groups need staff with various skills to keep them going, such as accountants, fundraising professionals and administrative assistants.

Civil Rights Lawyer

Whether it’s the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that sexual orientation is equal to gender identity and thus protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, or the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sex in employment, housing, credit, schools, public accommodations, and jury service, many LGBTQ advocates are working to make these changes a reality.

If you want to help make change happen, there are many positions available for people with varying backgrounds and skillsets. Most advocacy jobs require a postsecondary degree, and some, like social work and law, may require specific majors.

GLAD is seeking an experienced attorney to join our litigation team. This position will provide the opportunity to participate in the development of strategies through legislation, litigation and advocacy that advance justice on behalf of LGBTQ people across New England states and nationally. Responsibilities include legal research, pleading and brief drafting, case and client development, litigation strategy, hearings and trials, and support for amicus curiae efforts.

Media Specialist

The media specialist with a 10-year level of experience is a well-rounded professional who understands how to market a company or institution. Whether in school systems, government agencies, or business corporations, this individual is responsible for the image of an employer through a wide variety of audiovisual formats. He or she keeps abreast of trends by making the rounds at conventions and attending audiovisual exposes and seminars. He or she also scans trade publications for the latest news in the industry.

This career is suited to those who love working with audiovisual equipment. Some people also use their marketing skills by managing social media for non-profits or other organizations. These specialists can measure their success by reporting on the increased reach of a particular campaign or by showing how much the company’s reputation has improved. A good media specialist has a strong visual aesthetic and an intimate understanding of SEO. They also have an appreciation for what it means to work in a diverse environment.

Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofit advocacy organizations need professionals in a variety of positions to keep their operations running. Depending on the organization, staff members can work in areas such as accounting, human resources and communications.

Some nonprofit organizations focus on specific aspects of LGBTQ rights, such as those who work with incarcerated women and their families. Essie Justice Group is one such group that seeks hardworking job candidates who are formerly incarcerated; people with a loved one in prison; transwomen, intersex people and nonbinary people.

A communications specialist works for a variety of organizations to coordinate messaging. For LGBTQ advocacy groups, a communications specialist may help to promote their work, recruit volunteers and organize events for the community.

Therapists who specialize in gender and sexuality help LGBTQ community members accept their identities and work through any feelings of disconnection or shame that might arise. These mental health professionals can find jobs at private practices, hospitals or nonprofit organizations.

DEI Director

Whether they are in HR or another department, DEI leaders are a vital part of ensuring that companies are doing all they can to create spaces for employees from all different backgrounds to be heard. The McKinsey Talks Talent podcast considers what DEI leaders need to be doing for their companies to make real progress on inclusion, even when there are obstacles.

DEI directors need to be able to think about how intersectionality works, including the ways that different parts of an identity, such as race, sexual orientation and gender, can intersect and overlap. They need to be able to assess their organizations’ current policies and practices to see if they are truly inclusive, or if they fall short. They also need to be able to build pro-active relationships with cross-functional subject matter experts within the organization and the community. They must also be able to develop, improve and oversee metrics on the effectiveness of these diversity initiatives.

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