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Trans and Non-Binary Job Seekers Are Focus of Nov. 8 Fair

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on November 8 comes at a crucial time for the transgender and non-binary community.

Trans and non-binary people have an unemployment rate three times higher than the U.S. average. The unemployment rate among transgender people of color is four times higher.

“There are employers who want to offer support to a community that for so long has been marginalized,” says Eden Anaï Luna, program manager of the Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), which is hosting the event with the City of West Hollywood.

“The common goal is they really want to help diversify the workplace,” Luna adds. “We have a lot of folks returning who have been a part of our job fair in past years.”

Approximately 35 companies and organizations will have a presence at the fair at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, including the Center, Los Angeles Public Library, Bank of the West, APLA Health, U.S. Census, TransLatin@Coalition, Trans Wellness Center, UCLA Health, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people face discrimination in the workplace, which is in-part why TEEP provides diversity training for employers as part of the job fair. This training includes information on the challenges transgender and non-binary people face in seeking employment and an update on the latest employment laws in California.

In addition to meeting with potential employers, resume review and a mock interview clinic will also be offered along with hair and make-up for professional headshots. USB drives will be provided by ICM Partners for people who need to save their resumes or headshots onto a portable device.

“They will be able to leave the job fair with those extra resources and can send out their resumes that have been edited by the team doing resume review,” Luna says.

Since 2008, hundreds of people have been hired for jobs because of the fair and companies have met with more than 1,000 potential candidates from the trans and non-binary communities. 

The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

Validated parking available at the five-story West Hollywood Park - Municipal Parking Structure II located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Guests will receive a validation ticket upon entrance to the job fair.

For more information about the fair or to register your company for an exhibit table, visit lalgbtcenter.org/tjf18.

Published November 05, 2018

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