Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project to Host 11th Annual Job Fair for Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex People on November 7 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project to Host 11th Annual Job Fair for Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex People on November 7

October 30, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

On Thursday, November 7, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host the 11th annual job and resources fair specifically tailored for trans, non-binary, and intersex people at the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The free fair is hosted by the Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP) in partnership with programmatic funders City of West Hollywood and Citi Community Development, as well as community partners Trans Can Work, JVS SoCal, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“We are thrilled at the immense growth in employee participation since our first job and resources fair held over a decade ago,” said TEEP Program Manager Eden Anaï Luna. “Employers today are now more aware of the severe economic and employment disadvantages which trans, non-binary, and intersex people face every day—and the valuable contributions which we bring to the workforce.”

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.

“The City of West Hollywood is pleased to partner with the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project in this movement for economic development,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “We encourage all companies to hire trans community members and expand the visibility of their workforces.”

Since launching in 2008, the job and resources fair has attracted more than 1,500 potential candidates with hundreds of them eventually obtaining employment. This year, 40 top-tier corporations and companies are anticipated to participate in this year’s fair.

Employers will be conducting interviews on site and will be ready to hire the best candidates. Job seekers will also be able to access resources at the fair such as one-on-one résumé reviews; an interviewing skills workshop; and a photo booth for professional headshots. Professional clothing, haircuts, hairstyling, and makeup will be provided in preparation for the professional headshots. Participants will be able to download their headshots on USB flash drives donated by Grindr and ICM Partners.

“Access to job opportunities is a fundamental part of financial stability,” said James Alva, South California Market Manager, Citi Community Development. “By supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, we aim to expand access to critical resources that boost long-term economic success for transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals.”


WHAT:

11th Annual Job and Resources Fair for Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex People
Presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, the fair will provide a variety of job training resources; an interviewing skills workshop; a photo booth for professional headshots; and a multitude of businesses seeking to hire potential employees who identify as transgender, non-binary, or intersex.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 7
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles 90038

Parking is limited to street and metered parking. Rideshare or public transportation is strongly encouraged.

COST:
FREE

For more information about the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, visit lalgbtcenter.org/TEEP.

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