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Why LGBT Folks Should Become Trades Workers

  June 7, 2022  |    #Live Fabulously

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Trade Workers and Morgan Mentzer 

Get tips and advice from Morgan Mentzer on becoming a trade worker, on this week’s Queer Money®. Start your financial independence journey by getting your free copy of the 7-Step Credit Card Debt Slasher.

What are the benefits of being an LGBTQ trades worker?

College tuition has gotten obscenely expensive and is putting people into mountains of debt even before they start their careers.  And most graduates are not finding jobs with salaries commensurate to the cost of their tuition, so it takes decades to pay off their student loans. But college is not your only option. What if you could skip the student loan debt and secure a high-paying job in the trades?

Morgan Mentzer is the Cofounder and Executive Director of the Reckoning Trade Project, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for queer, trans and gender non-conforming workers in the skilled trades. She also serves as Lead Attorney at Lavender Rights Project and Owner of Camellia’s Automotive Repair.

On this episode of Queer Money®, Morgan joins us to explain why LGBT folks should become trades workers, exploring what it means to work a trade and what jobs are included in the industry. Morgan discusses the lucrative starting salaries and benefits associated with trades work and describes some of the resources available to LGBTQ people interested in a career in the trades.

Listen in for Morgan’s insight on how the trades are evolving to be more inclusive and find out what to do next if a career in the skilled trades appeals to you!

Listen to Morgan’s advice on trade workers :

Topics covered on trade workers with Morgan Mentzer

  • How Morgan defines a trade and what jobs are included in the trades industry
  • The benefits of working in the trades in terms of economic and educational justice
  • Morgan’s take on how queering the trades will create a safer work environment for everyone
  • Morgan’s elevator pitch on why LGBTQ folks should get into trades
  • How entry-level salaries in the trades start at about $70K and include benefits
  • Which trades are evolving to be more inclusive and which ones are slower to adapt
  • What tools and resources are available to LGBTQ people interested in a career in the trades
  • What questions to ask to identify if a potential employer in the trades is inclusive
  • How the current demand for trades workers will force the industry to adapt
  • Where to go to learn more about the trades and what you might be good at
“Just being in the trades, as an LGBTQ person, you're really changing and shifting the culture as a whole.” - Morgan MentzerClick To Tweet

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Resources on trade workers 

  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Human Rights Campaign 
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women 
  • Pride at Work
  • 2020 Supreme Court Ruling on Bostock v. Clayton County
  • LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise Certification
  • Sellen Construction
  • Matriarchy Build
  • The National LGBTQ Workers Center
  • CreditWise


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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs, and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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