What are gay jobs, anyway? Of course, there isn’t really such a thing. Gay people should be able to apply for whatever roles they want, and no employer can recruit specifically jobs for gay men or women. They can’t refuse to employ someone on the basis of their sexuality, either.
There are certain jobs that the gay community may be drawn to, and though gay people should be free to do whatever they want to do when it comes to work, there are some specific jobs that can more appealing, or may relate to your sexuality.
Your Sexuality in the Workplace
Workplace rights mean that you are protected by law. You can’t be discriminated against because of your race, religion, age, or sexuality. This includes being harassed in any way.
There’s no need to hide who you are at work – it shouldn’t stop you from making progress up the career ladder as long as your performance is good.
If you feel that you’re not able to be open about your sexuality at work, then it’s important to take steps to protect yourself. Inclusive employers are those with a good track record of helping people of different backgrounds and creating an inclusive culture.
There aren’t specific jobs aimed at gay people, but if you want to incorporate your sexuality into your career then you may be able to do so.
Some jobs that may prove to be appealing for gay and lesbian people include:
- Community and support work including working with gay people and gay inclusion.
- Social work with young people or LGBTQ+ people.
- Working in events including working on Pride events which occur annually in many locations.
- Non-profit organisations that focus on LGBTQ rights.
- Travel industry – tourism and hospitality jobs can be very diverse and inclusive.
- Working within gay clubs and gay bars.
- Lawyers and other legal occupations who focus on LGBTQ rights.
It is worth repeating that these are just some ideas, and that gay and bisexual people should be able to work in whatever industry they want to. Your sexuality does not have to form a part of your decision and you don’t even have to disclose it if you do not want to.
Finding Gay Jobs in the UK
Finding gay jobs is actually more about finding inclusive employers, and those who are happy to provide support for LGBT+ employees.
This includes the sort of employers that post their roles on our jobs board, who have a great record of working with people in diverse environments and encouraging employees from a variety of different backgrounds.
How can I work in the gay community?
There are many job roles and careers that are suitable to work within the LGBTQ+ community. You may be able to work in the events niche, but many of the roles relate to support work and outreach work as well as youth advocacy and counselling roles.
Can your employer ask about your sexuality?
No, an employer cannot ask you what your sexuality is, and they can’t discriminate against anyone based on their sexuality, these are your rights, protected by law, and most companies respect your protections as an LGBTQ+ worker.