The Rainbow Center’s mission is to operate in the service of a more equitable world for all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Connecticut. Using an intersectional lens, they center their work on advocating for, and increasing education, access, retention, identity development, and community-building for queer- and trans-spectrum communities.
UConntact: Find clubs and organizations on campus related to the LGBTQ+ community, such as the Queer Collective, Spectrum, Queer Asians and Allies, and more.
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion works to advocate for access and equity across all university units, to welcome and celebrate the experiences of individuals regardless of background through innovative educational programs, and to transform campus climate to build a more welcoming and inclusive community. They provide open office hours throughout the semester.
Informational and Legal Resources
The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. Job seekers can use this tool to find companies with LGBTQ- inclusive practices.
Glassdoor’s Workplace Guide for LGBTQ Professionals In this guide, LGBTQ job seekers can find expert advice on navigating their job search, workplace and the unique experiences and challenges they encounter in their professional lives.
The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Lambda Legal Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and they receive no government funding. Lambda Legal can provide support with identity-related application and workplace issues.
Professional Associations & Networking Groups
The Human Rights Campaign The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Human Rights Campaign (Connecticut Chapter) The CT Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Looks to achieve LGBTQ equality in Connecticut, working closely with state and local groups and lawmakers.
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.
Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) The CTGLC provides valuable business development opportunities, financial access and educational resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied business community in the greater Connecticut area. They pride themselves on being the voice of hundreds of LGBT-owned businesses, and they actively promote and create supplier diversity and procurement opportunities for its growing base of corporate partners and business members.
oSTEM oSTEM is a non-profit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community. oSTEM empowers LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) NOGLSTP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support. They also educate all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
Out Professionals is the nation’s leading LGBT non-profit network, with close to 1,000 members and over 5,000 email subscribers representing dozens of different work backgrounds and some 600 companies.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality. Out & Equal partners with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.
PFLAG Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Reaching Out Reaching Out is a nonprofit organization with over a dozen unique programs dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting the LGBTQ MBA community to impact change in the workplace and create the next generation of out leaders.
American Medical Student Association The Gender & Sexuality Action Committee is dedicated to combating sexism and heterosexism, and to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education.
Out Professional Network Our mission is to provide the LGBT community with a trusted professional network, which pairs members with employers who are serious about building a diverse workforce to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base. Out Professional Network makes your job search as productive as possible, because the employers who post on our site are specifically seeking to hire aspiring LGBT employees.
Campus Pride Jobs Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. Campus Pride provides a FREE job board and hosts free online trainings for LGBTQ and ally career-seeking young adults. These trainings focus on resume writing, effective interview techniques, leadership development tools and career search strategies.
LGBT Connect is a division of WorkplaceDiversity.com and provides a job bank for LGBTQ job seekers.
American Bar Association This website lists jobs, internships, clerkships, and fellowships in the legal industry related to the LGBTQ community.
Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Internship Program The Task Force offers graduate and undergraduate internships available during the fall/winter, winter/spring and summer terms for college and university students or recent graduates covering a variety of disciplines.
Victory Fund Internship program that gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBT political activism, consider career options, strengthen job-related skills and network with leaders in local, state and national politics.
PFLAG Internships Graduate and undergraduate full-time and part-time internships available each school semester, and summer, for college and university students or recent graduates. The program is largely based on the specific needs of the national office.
National Center for Transgender Equality NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Applicants may apply to intern with NCTE’s policy, communications, or development departments for a general internship which will combine all three areas of work, or for a legal internship.
True Colors Mentoring Programs True Colors is a state-wide non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The One on One and Group Mentoring Programs match LGBTQ and ally adults with LGBTQ youth.
CenterLink CenterLink’s Job Board shows current job openings at LGBT community centers as well as at other organizations and institutions whose work is closely related to the needs and interests of LGBT communities.
OutRight Action International OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world. They have job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.