JCPenney was among the employers at the GLBT Job Expo at SMU.

The sixth annual GLBT Job Expo was held at Southern Methodist University on Wednesday, April 27.

The event is coordinated by Resource Center Dallas and sponsored by the Cox School of Business. The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce partners in the event as well.

RCD spokesman Rafael McDonnell said about 200 jobseekers attended and spoke to 25 employers.

Among the new companies at this year’s job fair were JCPenney, The TJX Companies (T.J. Maxx and Marshalls), United Way of Greater Dallas and DFW Airport.

TABC has participated since the Rainbow Lounge raid.

Among the employers, Capital One said it had quite a few positions to fill.

DFW Airport was looking for people to fill a variety of positions throughout their central administration.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has participated in the job fair looking for LGBT employees since the Rainbow Lounge raid.

DART was looking for a vice president for transportation and someone to maintain the Amber Alert signs on highways. The agency’s representative also said she had a number of DART police positions to fill.

McDonnell said surveys showed overwhelming support for the event from both jobseekers and employers. He said that a number of the applicants said that they had experienced discrimination on the job in previous positions and were specifically looking for employers who are open and accepting.

Resource Center Dallas has an ongoing workforce development program and will offer some classes later this year. To be on the contact list for these events, send an email to