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Job fair targets LGBT community

LOS ANGELES — Managed Career Solutions, an organization that provides employment assistance to local residents, took part in the Diversity Job and Career Fair, which provided job seekers from the LGBT community a safe space to connect with employers in a variety of sectors and industries June 20 at Los Angeles City College.

The city of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the city’s Department on Disability and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, hosted the event which was the largest career fair specific to the LGBT community to take place in Southern California.

More than 50 employers participated in the fair to provide meaningful job opportunities to this community in particular. The one-day fair helped job seekers from the LGBT community connect with career and business experts, and to interact with hiring managers onsite.

“We are honored to sponsor this unique and important fair that will help individuals from the LGBT community get exposure to job opportunities and direct interaction with employers without fear of discrimination due to sexual orientation or preference,” said Phil Starr, executive director of Managed Career Solutions. “The city of Los Angeles, alongside other notable sponsors, deserves much recognition for hosting this significant event that can change the lives of many Angelenos in need of employment.”

The Los Angeles Mayor’s office recognizes the need for job fairs aimed at transgender hiring. Due to long-standing discrimination tactics against the transgender community in the workplace, transgender people are twice as likely to be unemployed. The city of Los Angeles acknowledges the need for inclusivity in the workplace and is dedicated to creating opportunities and breaking economic barriers for transgender people in Los Angeles.

“Everyone has the potential to make a contribution in L.A.’s growing economy, but too many transgender people are denied that chance because of how they look or how they identify,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The LGBT Diversity Job Fair is part of a movement to widen the circle of opportunity, by connecting hardworking Angelenos to employers that are unconcerned with their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The fair was open to anyone from the LGBT community and featured a computer lab, resume building assistance and onsite mock interviews to help attendees with job interview preparation.

Notable participating employers included the Los Angeles Fire Department, Amazon, and NBC Universal in addition to others. Representatives from Garcetti’s office along with notable dignitaries, including City Councilman Paul Koretz, and prominent leaders in the transgender community attended the fair.

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