Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts 10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on Nov. 8 in West Hollywood - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts 10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on Nov. 8 in West Hollywood

October 3, 2018
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7604

As transgender people face an unemployment rate three times higher than the average rate in the United States, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), along with the project’s community partner City of West Hollywood, is hosting the 10th annual job and resources fair specifically tailored for trans and non-binary people on Thursday, November 8. The free fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

“Many transgender and non-binary people remain unemployed because employers are judging them by their gender identities or expressions—and not by their qualifications and skills,” said the Center’s TEEP Program Manager Eden Anaï Luna. “They hold college degrees, and they are ready to bring their professional and life experiences to the table. I encourage all companies to become a champion of trans and non-binary people by committing to hiring them.”

Since the fair began in 2008, hundreds of trans people have obtained a job because of the fair, and companies have met with more than 1,000 potential candidates from the trans and non-binary communities. More than 50 companies and organizations are anticipated at this year’s fair.

Job seekers will be provided with résumé reviews and tips, a mock interview clinic, and a photo booth for professional headshots. Participants will then be able to keep their photos with them on USB flash drives donated by ICM Partners. Guest speakers this year include TransCanWork founder Michaela Mendelsohn.

According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, nearly one-third of trans people are living in poverty, compounded by the statistic that they experience a 15% unemployment rate which is three times higher than the unemployment rate in the U.S. population (5%). The unemployment rate among trans people of color is worse—four times higher than the nation’s unemployment rate.

Exhibit tables for potential employers are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for a table, visit lalgbtcenter.org/tjf18.

WHAT:
10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair
Presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), this job and resources fair caters to the city’s transgender and non-binary communities. In addition to a multitude of companies and businesses participating this year, the event will include a variety of job training resources, a mock interview clinic, and a photo booth for professional headshots.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 8
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:
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.

COST:
FREE

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

Major funding for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project is provided by City of West Hollywood and through a generous grant from Citi Community Development.

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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