Saturday, July 29, 2017

Workplace Rights

Despite major wins within the LGBTQ community in recent years, many transgender and non-conforming gender individuals feel there’s still a lot more to do in the fight for equality both in and out of the office.

Here is a helpful guide for transgender workers, from new graduates just entering the workforce to seasoned working professionals, as well as employers and hiring managers. Learn more about current transgender workplace rights, how to navigate some of the biggest workplace and job hunting concerns, and see what employers can do to lay the foundation for safe and inclusive work environments.

Transgender and non-conforming gender (TGNC) individuals are protected by policies and laws intended to eliminate harassment and discrimination. While some protections are at the federal level, many states, counties, and cities have their own policies in place. “Protection laws differ from state to state, so it’s important that you check the state in which you work,” notes Dr. Kristie Overstreet, a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist who specializes in transgender identities.

Where I live (Connecticut), we have been protected for some time. My former company had policies in place even before the state and my Human Resources representative was ready and willing to help me to transition into a working woman whenever I was ready. I was also greeted with open arms when I inquired about working as a woman at a local Dress Barn. That's Connecticut and your mileage may vary depending on where you live, so check out the Workplace Guide and see where you stand.

Source: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor (Source: Ann Taylor)

Benjamin Koldyke
Benjamin Koldyke femulating in television's Work It!


  1. Glad to see Nevada is on the good list. Regarding coming out, I cannot say that I would trust all of the women in my office to accept me full time as Heather. I hear the comments people make about the trans people who come to our office. I always support the trans community when a trans civilian is in the office. I would guess that in the course of a year, about a dozen different people stop in. Most of the trans people coming in are nice but one person doesn't always have a good attitude and last time was wearing too short of a skirt When adjusting her skirt, totally flashed my coworker. Just seemed like a total creep because of it.

  2. Also, my co-worker made my Halloween plans for me. Heather was a hit Halloween 2017 hit and this year we'll have another theme. It was decided that we'll look like news anchors. She's going as a Ron Burgundy type and I'll be the pretty sidekick. I guess I'm going to have to find a nice suit and blouse. I promised to be "over the top" this year. I may have to take the Monday before off so I can get a full makeover.

  3. AnonymousJuly 29, 2017

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  4. How about giving some of us who still identify themselves as male such as myself the freedom to wear skirts, dresses and heels as well as makeup? I have hair past my shoulder blades and I wear 40DD bras for my natural breasts. I may look like a woman but my singing voice is basso profundo so I do not sound like a woman. And I like keeping my masculine identity.


  5. AnonymousJuly 30, 2017

    Is it possible to translate Italian in to English for thos of us who do not speak Italian?

  6. Or what about those of us who are self employed? My clients don't care what the law's are. They adhere to the court of public opinion. If they feel uncomfortable they will go somewhere else.

  7. Here in the UK gender identity is protected under equalities legislation. However for those of us who are self employed some potential customers may well choose not to hire us. Personally I would choose not to work for them anyway.

  8. Here is the UK equivalent. Its quite comprehensive - and explicit. But I haven't tried to compare it the USA version.

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