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LA Hosts ‘Safe Space’ Job Fair For Transgenders

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Los Angeles City College plans a Monday Diversity Job and Career Fair that planners have advertised as a “safe space” to help transgenders get employment opportunities, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Los Angeles City College is planning a Diversity Job and Career Fair that planners have advertised as a “safe space” to help transgenders get employed, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, the Diversity Job and Career Fair will offer transgenders looking for work “a safe space to connect with potential employers. … Without fear of discrimination,” according to a news release. The job fair is hosted by the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, along with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the city’s Department on Disability.

The job fair will allow transgenders to match up with different employers; as well, job seekers will also have a computer lab, resume assistance and mock interview practice available to them. The fair is open to the public, but has a special emphasis on services for transgenders.

Philip Starr, executive director of Managed Career Solutions, told the Los Angeles Daily News, “I think we’re doing something really new. It shouldn’t be but it is. I can’t think of a time when a diversity job fair has really focused on the transgender community.”

A 2011 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force claimed that transgenders are more likely to be unemployed at twice the rate of the rest of the population, while non-white transgenders experience unemployment at 4 times the rate as the rest of the population. The study says that it is based on 6,450 participants who offered a “360-degree picture of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S.”

Employers such as NBC Universal, the Los Angeles Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, SoCalGas, Warner Bros., and  Target will be at the event.

Organizers told the Los Angeles Daily News that there will also be sensitivity training for employers to participate in at 8 a.m.

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