Supporting Transgender Employees at Work

As we head into Pride Week, it's a good time to talk about tactics employers can and should take to support their transgender employees.

I know many people are baffled by the notion of transgender. And if you can't fathom anything beyond a traditional gender framework, there's probably nothing I can say to change your mind about it.

That's OK.

Nobody's asking you to give up anything about yourself. In fact, unless your own internal, deeply held sense of your gender identity does not match the sex you were assigned at birth, being transgender has nothing to do with you. All that is expected of you is to make your workplace one that accommodates and supports all people.

Including people who are different from you ... and who you may not "understand."

First, to increase your knowledge of terms and definitions, the GLAAD Media Reference Guide is an excellent resource. It defines the many terms you may hear relative to people who are transgender. It also provides a table of Terms to Avoid as well as Defamatory Language. It doesn't matter if you think the terms are perfectly acceptable. If they hurt other people, you should not use them.

Right? Because to do otherwise would just be a jerk move.

Next, a recent episode of The New Way We Work podcast,