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You are not required to disclose your sexual orientation and/or gender identity when applying to an employer, but you may choose to do so.

It might be apparent from your membership of societies for example that you are a LGBTQUIA+ applicant (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, undefined, and intersex people, people on the asexual or aromantic spectra, and others who experience similar forms of prejudice and/or discrimination). If your application is rejected it is unlikely to be because of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity and more likely that you did not meet the criteria of the role, given the legal safeguards in place. However, if you are invited to interview it demonstrates that your sexual orientation and/or gender identity is not a barrier to employment.

It is your choice what to include in your applications – if in doubt book an appointment with a careers consultant

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What the Equality Act means for you

Learn more about the Equality Act and the rights it gives you around sexual orientation.

Useful websites

  • Stonewall: Campaign group supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Stonewall Top 100 employers list 2022
  • LGBT Foundation: Get news, support, information and advice.
  • DiversCity in Law: Event for LGBTQIA students interested in a career as a lawyer in the City.
  • Gay Business Association: “The LGBTQ+ professionals network for the UK”. Includes directory of member companies and useful links.
  • oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc. non-profit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community.
  • Press for Change: A campaigning and information site for all transsexual and transgendered people in the UK.
  • Proud Employers: Job vacancies website for searching for work with LGBTQ friendly employers. Jobs can be searched by location, sector and job role.
  • My GWork: Global Networking Hub and Job board For LGBT+ Professionals & Students