In two months from now, on July 12, Bengaluru will host RISE — Reimagining Inclusion for Social Equity — touted as the country’s first LGBTQ job fair. According to the job fair organisers, the event has been conceptualised to create a bridge between corporates, businesses and the LGBTQ talent pool. It will feature companies that have already implemented policy changes related to diversity and inclusion and have made efforts towards creating an environment that is conducive to the queer community. The fair is being organised by Pride Circle, a city-based platform that engages with working individuals from the queer community and its allies, including influentials from top global MNCs to Indian corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from across the country. The job fair is expected to see participation from over 50 companies and nearly 400 members of the LGBTQ community. From jobs in communications and human resources department to data entry and business analyst jobs, the kind of opportunities on offer at the fair cover many industries and skill sets, the organisers added. Srini Ramaswamy, founder of the Pride Circle, pointed out how the job fair will be taken to nine other cities —Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jamshedpur and Jaipur — by 2020.
“Unlike other fairs, this one will include jobs in the blue-to-white-collar space. This is a first-of-its kind event being held in India and we have created a resume database for the queer community for the purpose,” explained Srini. “Often, companies struggle with how to make their workplaces more inclusive while job seekers in the LGBTQ community fear discrimination at the workplace. These are the problems we are looking to solve with this event,” he added.
In addition to the job fair, which will be held between 1pm and 5.30pm at the Lalit Ashok hotel on July 12, a conference on the RISE theme will be held on the sidelines. Around 20 SMEs and small businesses run by members of the LGBTQ community will also set up stalls at the venue, organisers said. Candidates can register for free through The Pride Circle’s Facebook page where job listings are being posted currently. For enquiries, write to email@example.com.