Lesbian and gay graduates and job-seekers will have a new resource to help them find their dream career with the launch today of Starting Out, Stonewall’s recruitment guide.

This is the third edition of the guide, and this year there are new entries from Channel 4, Allen Overy, Deloitte Touche, the RAF, Westminster City Council and the Charity Commission.

Starting Out is aimed at the estimated 150,000 gay and lesbian students in Britain, and provides vital information on employers across the country who support and welcome gay staff.

20,000 hard copies of the guide are being distributed to student unions, university careers services, employment agencies and university lesbian and gay societies across Britain.

Starting Out is also available online.

“Increasingly, young gay and lesbian graduate recruits want to choose employers who will support and welcome them,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall.

Starting Out provides a must-have guide to more than 250 workplaces determined to attract the very best talent in 2007, regardless of background.

“In an increasingly competitive recruitment market, employers are understandably keen to demonstrate that they connect with all their potential recruits.”

A launch event, attended by students from across Britain and supported by Credit Suisse, is being held at the University of London Union this evening.

Jennifer Huseman, ULU President, said: “Starting Out showcases those employers who work hard to develop and maintain a culture in which differing abilities and backgrounds are fostered and valued in the workplace.”

The guide has once again been sponsored by Credit Suisse.