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Trans at Work

  • 03/19/2020 9:53 PM
    Message # 8843949
    Brian Ballard (Administrator)

    Safe support environment and resources for people who are looking to transition, transitioning, or already transitioned in the workplace.

  • 03/24/2020 9:56 PM
    Reply # 8856474 on 8843949
    August Wogsland (Administrator)

    I will start this thread by sharing my coming out at work experience. I'm hoping others will feel inspired to share their stories and feel free to shoot me questions.

    For those of you who may not have met me in person yet, I am a FTM transgender man. I use he/him pronouns. I have only been professionally out to my employer since November 2019. I have been actively a part of MAAP as a transgender member and then board member since June 2018.

    In the fall of 2019, I was planning to run for president of MAAP. Knowing the position would lead to press releases and potential news articles, I decided to come out to my supervisor in a regularly scheduled performance check-in. I have been at my company for nearly four years now and my current supervisor had always known me as a woman. When I came out to her as transgender, she was nothing but supportive. She immediately thanked me for telling her and was completely professional and kind with her few follow-up questions.

    After I told her, she worked with our HR department to plan my coming out to the rest of the company based on a timeline I was comfortable with. I sat in on a few of the meetings they had and it was astonishing how much work they were putting in to support my transition at the office. I shared a few resources with them, but they did most of the leg work. Occasionally they would check with me on messaging and with questions. I did very little work planning the announcement to the general staff, but I still was able to review everything before they shared it.

    In December, a member of our executive committee held a meeting with the entire company under the guise of updating the employee handbook. In actually, she announced my transition and fielded questions from the team. We had previously decided that I be absent from the meeting to give everyone the freedom to ask questions without me being there to listen. After the meeting, I was very nervous, but everyone in my office of about 40 people has been amazingly supportive and professional. It took me about two months to adjust to the combining of my professional persona with my personal persona, but it has been extraordinary.

    I have been very lucky to have such a supportive work environment and coworkers. Everyone in the office has been working hard to switch names and pronouns. They have been great about correcting themselves and graciously accepting my corrections. My friendships at the office have deepened as well now that I can truly express myself and be recognized.

  • 03/27/2020 11:01 AM
    Reply # 8862208 on 8843949
  • 03/31/2020 12:19 PM
    Reply # 8870030 on 8862208
    August Wogsland (Administrator)
    Brian Ballard wrote:

    The story of a transgender activist in Egypt. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/egypt-transgender-activist-fights-battle-many-fronts-n1170271

    Thanks for sharing this article, Brian. It's very interesting and great to hear about transgender activists around the world. Especially good on Transgender Day of Visibility!
  • 04/21/2020 7:13 PM
    Reply # 8920285 on 8843949
    August Wogsland (Administrator)

    It takes some mental energy to read, but I would recommend checking out this wonderful article by Katelyn Burns about how COVID-19 may impact the transgender community because of transphobia inherent to our current healthcare system.

    https://www.vox.com/identities/2020/4/3/21204305/coronavirus-transgender-economy-health-care

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