An introduction from Ruth Hunt,
Chief Executive of Stonewall
After leaving education, hunting for a job and stepping into the world of work can feel like daunting prospects. If you’re also worried about having to hide your sexual orientation or gender identity, and not being able to fully be yourself, the feeling can be much worse.
Not being able to bring your whole self to work can be incredibly damaging. So when you’re looking to take your first step on the career ladder, knowing that your employer is genuinely committed to creating, sustaining and empowering a diverse workforce is not only comforting, but will help to ensure you’re in an environment where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.
The first Starting Out guide was first released 11 years ago. It is now the national go-to guide for students and those seeking a new career to find out about organisations that are firmly committed to promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people and staff; organisations where you will be valued and accepted for who you are.
In the guide, you’ll find helpful tips and advice from our team on job hunting and best practice once you’ve got the job, alongside insights into different employment sectors and details of the most LGBT-friendly employers in Britain.
At Stonewall, we know people perform better when they can be themselves, and we work with more than 750 employers through our Diversity Champions programme to ensure they offer equal, inclusive and inspiring environments for LGBT people. Our work will continue until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are able to live and work free from discrimination, and are able to grow and succeed in any vocation. We’re working for acceptance without exception.