A Note on the Nuance of Visibility
Visibility and representation of all identities is a key pillar of the work done in the Diversity Equity and Inclusion world, and the Proud to Work Career Fair seeks to increase the visibility and representation of LGBTQ+ people in Minnesota’s workforce. While it is important that LGBTQ+ people be represented and respected in the workplace, it is ultimately still an individual’s choice to when, or if they want to at all, come out at work.
We recognize that attending an LGBTQ+ Career Fair has the potential to feel like an immediate outing. There are risks associated with outing one’s self to an employer before being hired, and no job seeker should feel that choice is out of their control. We want to make sure that those in the LGBTQ+ community have full autonomy in their choice of being out at work, and also want this experience to be as safe and comfortable as possible for LGBTQ+ folks. To support this, we’re inviting allies to attend the Career Fair as well. As an ally-inclusive event, attendance at the fair will not “out” LGBTQ+ job seekers inherently. Rather, participation in the fair will indicate values of inclusive workplace culture, informed employers, and representation of LGBTQ+ people in the workforce.