LGBTQ+ Students

The ASCC is here for support and to provide a safe environment to explore how to approach career planning as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Please consider the resources on this page or make an appointment with us to address your concerns, strengthen your application materials, and develop an individualized career plan.

Coming Out to Employers

Sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity are all things that you do not need to disclose in the recruitment and job search process. Our career coaches can help you decide how, when, and in what medium you wish to disclose at a time that is best for you.

  • On Your Resume/Handshake Profile
  • Social Media as an Identity/LinkedIn
  • During Interview – Setting the Tone
  • After accepting that position – testing the waters
  • Resume crafting and Handshake profiles that represent and support your life
  • Interviews: Opening, During, Ending
  • On the Job – HR protected/feeling comfortable with a potential employer is hyper important for your future in the location

LGBTQ Friendly Companies and Organizations

Some key indicators for a Proud company or organization:

  • Same-Sex Partner Benefits as part of Employment Package
  • Gender-Neutral Restrooms
  • Family and Spousal Support
  • Always look for how a company/organization implements its value propositions.

Resources to help identify LGBTQ friendly companies:

The Corporate Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation evaluates and scores companies based on their policies, practices, and benefits that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees. This list of top employers in the most recent list gives a quick reference guide.

Out & Equal is the leading organization dedicated to creating inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ people. Working with Fortune 500 companies and other organizations around the world to implement policies and practices that support LGBTQ+ employees and create a culture of belonging for all.

Legal Name Overview

Your resume and cover letter are not legally binding documents. When you meet with the organization’s HR then you can use your legal name there.

The Law

Research the 21 States and the District of Columbia prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (Washington is one).

The Human Rights Campaign publishes news and updates in gender and sexual orientation laws across the country.

Support in Washington

The Washington State LGBTQ Commission aims to advocate for LGBTQ equity across all aspects of state government by assessing the needs of the community and improving the state’s outreach

Check the Campus Pride Index to see how Washington State University compares to other institutions in their LGBTQ inclusive policies and resources.

The LGBTQ+ Center at WSU supports LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Washington State University by providing resources, fostering community, and promoting academic and personal growth.

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