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LGBTQ Faculty Resources

LGBTQ Faculty Interest Group

The mission of the newly established LGBTQ Faculty Interest Group is to foster a welcoming and respectful campus community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer faculty and their allies through education, networking and advocacy.

The group will meet monthly to discuss topics of interest to the LGBTQ community and its allies. The group will focus on the following goals:

  • Community Building - provide opportunities to connect, socialize with, and support LGBTQ faculty and their allies across the campus community.
  • Visibility - Raise awareness of the presence and contributions of the larger LGBTQ community at Drexel.
  • Resources – serve as a resource network for all members of the Drexel community.

Resources for LGBTQ Faculty

Welcome to the LGBT Resources page. This page provides regional and national resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members or employees. Section I includes listings of regional and national websites. Section II includes some books.

Faculty members who are active in supporting LGBT issues are available to welcome and inform potential Drexel faculty, new faculty, and current faculty about the resources available at Drexel and in the Philadelphia community. For further information, please contact the Office of Faculty Advancement.

This page is intended only to function as a clearinghouse of publicly-available information. Drexel has not itself investigated any of the organizations and is not endorsing any of them. The information has been obtained from the web only through a preliminary search; as a result, Drexel does not guarantee the accuracy of the information that is provided.


Department of Defense Federal Globe. Website to support the rights of the LGBT Armed Forces and Civil Service, those who wish to serve, and friends and family

Echelon Magazine. Designed specifically for the LGBT business community.

Equality Forum. A national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus and broad mission which hosts one of the largest LGBT civil-rights gatherings in the world.

Family Equality Council. The Family Equality Council is America's foremost national advocate dedicated to family equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents, guardians and allies.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association contains a useful healthcare equality index. Part of the official Philadelphia visitors' site with regional activities specifically of interest to the LGBT community.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation maintains this website as a national source of information on workplace policies and laws surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign - Workplace. A helpful page on the Human Rights Campaign's website, with resources on "everything from coming out to addressing workplace discrimination." The Human Rights Campaign lists Philadelphia as receiving a perfect score of 100 on LGBT Equality in the 2015 Municipal Equality Index. Search on "gay, lesbian and bisexual issues" for a list of over 500 LGBT-related non-profit organizations in the U.S.

Immigration Equality. National grass roots organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status.

Lambda Legal Defense Education Fund. Lambda Legal's Help desk staff respond directly to those seeking legal information assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status.

National Center for Transgender Equality is dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Works for the grassroots political power of the LGBT community.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. This website contains a wealth of information aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBT older adults. Some subjects include ageism, care-giving, end-of-life decisions, and social security.

Out and Equal is a national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the workplace.

Out for Work hosts an annual non-industry career conference for LGBT and Ally undergraduate students, and offers a variety of resources that are also useful to faculty.

Philadelphia Gay Calendar lists events and activities throughout the Philadelphia region.

Philadelphia Weekly. Regional newspaper listing a broad range of political and social events, some of which specifically appeal to the LGBT community.

Transgender Law Center. The Transgender Law Center works with community members and allies to make California a state in which transgendered people can fully and freely express their gender identities. On the site, you'll find one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of resources on transgender law, information about their innovative projects, and other materials.

Workplace Diversity is the central job search web site for corporate recruiters who want to reach experienced diversity talent.

Books and Articles

Lavender Road To Success: The Career Guide for the Gay Community by Kirk Snyder
Based on a two-year study of more than 300 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender alumni from the University of Southern California, Lavender Road to Success is the first career guide written specifically for the gay community. Career planning expert Kirk Snyder discusses issues such as what it means to be gay in the workplace, why you will make more money when you are out of the closet at work, how defining your personal identity as a member of the gay community will help you become successful, and how to find an employer that is a good match for you.

Straight Jobs Gay Lives by Sharon Silverstein, Annette Friskopp
Combining interviews and analysis, this report contains practical information for gay and lesbian businesspeople and their heterosexual associates on overcoming stereotypes and intolerance, coming out at work, getting hired and promoted, mentoring and helping others. An extensive resource guide covers online information services, gay professional and networking organizations, employee groups, books, statutes and ratings of companies' policies on nondiscrimination and domestic-partner benefits.

Mishel, E. (2016). "Discrimination Against Queer Women in the U.S. Workforce: A Resume Audit Study." Socius, January-December 2016 (2), 1-13. 

Coulter, Robert W. S., et al. Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations. American Journal of Public Health, Volume 104, No. 2, 2014.

Patridge, Eric V., Barthelemy, Ramón S., Rankin, Susan R. Factors Impacting the Academic Climate for LGBQ STEM Faculty. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Volume 20, No. 1, 2014, pages 75-98. 

Renn, Kristen A. LGBT and Queer Research in Higher Education: The State and Status of the Field. Educational Researcher, Volume 39, No. 2, 2010, pp. 132–141. 

Bilimoria, Diana, Stewart, Abigail J. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": The Academic Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Faculty in Science and Engineering. NWSA Journal, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2009.

Messinger, Lori. Creating LGBTQ-Friendly Campuses: How activists on a number of campuses eliminated discriminatory policies. Academe, Volume 95, Issue 5, September-October 2009. 

Tierney, William, G., Rhoads, Robert A. Enhancing academic communities for lesbian, gay, and bisexual faculty. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Volume 1993, Issue 53, Pages 43 - 50. Published Online: 18 Aug 2006. 

Sears, James. The Institutional Climate for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Education Faculty: What Is the Pivotal Frame of Reference? Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 43, Issue 1, November 2002, pages 11 - 37.  

Dolan, Jill. Out on Campus. Academe. Volume 84, Issue 5. Sept/Oct 1998.

D’Augelli, Anthony. Lesbians’ and Gay Men’s Experiences of Discrimination and Harassment in a University Community. American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 17, No. 3, 1989.