Looking for a job as a queer person isn’t just about finding any job—it’s about finding a workplace where you can truly be yourself and thrive. As someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand firsthand the importance of feeling accepted and supported at work. Here’s a practical guide, from my perspective, on what to look for when searching for LGBTQ+-friendly workplaces.

  1. Research Company Policies

Before diving into applications, take a close look at the company’s policies: 

  • Non-Discrimination Policies: Make sure they explicitly protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination. 
  • Benefits: Check for inclusive benefits like healthcare coverage that includes transgender needs and support for domestic partners. 
  1. Assess Company Culture

The culture of a workplace can make a huge difference in your job satisfaction: 

  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: Seek companies with active diversity programs and employee resource groups (ERGs). 
  • Representation: Does the company support LGBTQ+ causes and have diversity at all levels? 
  • Feedback from Employees: Reach out to current or former employees to get a sense of how inclusive the workplace truly is. 
  1. Analyze the Job Description

Pay attention to how the job is presented: 

  • Inclusive Language: Look for gender-neutral language and indications of a welcoming environment.  
  • What are they saying during the interview process? 
  • Supportive Policies: Consider benefits like flexible work arrangements and mental health support. 
  1. Evaluate the Interview Process

Use the interview as a chance to gauge the company’s inclusivity: 

  • Questions Asked: Are they respectful and relevant? Beware of companies asking invasive or inappropriate questions. 
  • Diverse Interview Panels: A diverse panel can signal a more inclusive workplace. 
  • Ask Your Questions: Don’t be afraid to inquire about the company’s LGBTQ+ policies and culture. 
  1. Use LGBTQ+ Job Boards and Resources

Explore platforms tailored for LGBTQ+ job seekers: 

  • Websites like Out & Equal, The Pride Career Network, and Pink Jobs list opportunities with companies committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion. 
  1. Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, listen to your gut feeling: 

  • Choose a workplace where you feel safe, respected, and valued for who you are. 


 Finding a job as a queer person involves looking beyond the job description. It’s about finding a place to bring your whole self to work. Remember, the right workplace for you is one that not only talks the talk but also walks the walk when it comes to LGBTQ+ inclusivity.