This is my second in a series of blogs on this subject. I am a tourist in transgender land because I am not transgender; however, I am concentrating on this population because I agree with others that the transgender population represents the next frontier in social justice.
Creating a safe and hospitable work environment is not only the right thing to do, it is also necessary because they have significant rights and protections from the state and federal government. Violating their rights creates serious legal liability. No manager or owner wants this kind of trauma or drama interfering with the flow at work.
Let’s consider the prevalence. Social research indicates that the number of transgender folk is one in a hundred. That is one percent of the population! When you factor in the people who have not yet come out, the number increases dramatically.
Chances are you know someone who is dealing with this matter, whether you realize it or not. While therapists are assisting with the people “adjusting to the process of going from male to female or going from female to male,” co-workers and supervisors are also going to be asked to assist. Because we spend so much time at work and because work relationships are so important, how the transgender person is treated at work means much.