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From 2015: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Cyndi Lauper (far right) at the ribbon cutting for True Colors, an LGBT Youth Residence. The BP will be hosting an LGBT Career Fair at Hostos this Friday.
(Photo courtesy of Bronx Borough President’s office)

This Friday, March 15, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s Office is presenting its second Bronx LGBT Career Fair in the Hostos Community College gym.

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The concept grew out of the LGBT task force set up by the Borough President in 2014 and a needs assessment survey last January. The results on LGBT unemployment were not enouraging.

“We wanted to try to bring the numbers down so they were at least equivalent to other communities in the Bronx,” said Dirk McCall, the Borough President’s Director of External Affairs, “and we wanted to make sure to give companies that were trying to reach the LGBT community a chance to reach them.”

McCall says that the Fair serves two obvious purposes, to connect companies to the community and to connect LGBT people who are unemployed to jobs. He emphasized, though, that everyone who is looking for a job, regardless of sexual persuasion, is urged to attend.

The BP’s office is encouraged that number of companies who will be looking to hire at this year’s job fair is up to 90 this year, a couple of dozen more than in 2018. McCall says he has seen interest in the LGBT Career Fair increase noticeably, judging from emails and messages he’s gotten from people who think it can be a valuable oppotunity for them.

“There was a transgender young woman who hadn’t had a job and was looking for work at last year’s fair,” McCall recalled. “She was hired by Helen Keller International and she’s still there a year over a year later. I believe she’s been promoted. They love her.”

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“We want people to come and see if there’s jobs that are a good fit, McCall said. “They may be in jobs that they don’t like or jobs where there’s no career advancement opportunities and this career fair gives them a chance to meet new companies and see if there’s a better fit somewhere for them.”

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