Everything is bright and beautiful for transgender people in the workplaces of America?
Well, maybe not all of them, but a Fortune 500 magazine article says many of the top companies in the United States are embracing trans employees and introducing transition guidelines for their staff.
Which is great — for employees who are gender transitioning. But I wonder if those well-intentioned companies are keeping up with the ever-changing, ever-evolving world of transgenderism. Are they supporting transgender employees who are not physically transitioning, as is becoming more and more common these days?
I don’t know the answers to that question. And I’m betting that there is still plenty of discrimination against transgender people — whether they are gender transitioning or not — in the workplaces of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and most other supposed trans-friendly countries around the world, both on an institutionalized level and individually — from bosses and other employees.
As Fortune 500 points out, there have been some well-publicized lawsuits against companies alleged to have discriminated against trans people. But so often, it is next to impossible to prove that a company and its employees are transphobic to the point of being discriminatory.
But it happens, and I bet every trans person out there who has a job has experienced some form of workplace transphobia, if not blatant, then subtle.
Has it happened to you? Have you experienced transphobia in the workplace? Do you think you have been passed over for promotion because of your trans status? Are you ever misgendered by co-workers? Washroom issues?
Or is everything bright and beautiful for you in the workplace?
Please share . . .
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey