Tomorrow, I will participate in two Human Sexuality classes at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
Typically, four to eight trans people show up for this event. Professor Schildroth introduces us to the class, we each give a short biography, and then the students ask questions.
Sometimes the students have lots of questions and sometimes getting them to ask questions is like pulling teeth!
You never know, but either way, our participation gives us an opportunity to do outreach amongst the civilian population. To evangelize the fact that trans people are just like everybody else... maybe with just a little more fashion-sense.
A Visit With HR
After attending the Transgender Health and Law Conference on Saturday, I had questions for my Human Resource (HR) representative at work.
Before going into see my HR rep, I double-checked the employee handbook and as I remembered, there were no references to "gender identification" or "transgender."
I was concerned with the contradictory messages I thought I received from my HR rep on the two occasions I spoke to her about being transgender. I asked my rep about what I perceived as mixed messages.
Her reply was that there was no company policy regarding transgender or gender identity. On the other hand, she believed that the company would support my gender identity because it has always fully supported its gay employees.
She was very sympathetic and supportive. I don't think she was just humoring me, but you never know.
I thought about sending her a photo of myself en femme to show that I am presentable, but I hesitated to do so because I did not think it was the right thing to do at this time.
I did send her information about the bill in our state legislature that she was unaware of concerning the extension of the state's non-discrimination laws to cover transgenders.
And so it goes.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Out Tuesday and A Visit With HR