BALANCING THE NEEDS OF BEING TRANSGENDER AT WORK - A MODEL OF AN IDEAL WORKPLACE

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BALANCING THE NEEDS OF BEING TRANSGENDER AT WORK - A MODEL OF AN IDEAL WORKPLACE by Mind Map: BALANCING THE NEEDS OF BEING TRANSGENDER AT WORK - A MODEL OF AN IDEAL WORKPLACE

1. AUTHENTICITY

1.1. people I work with don't try to shame me for being who I am

1.2. If I'm stealth, I'm okay with who I am

1.3. In this positive environment can be confident about being who I am either open or stealth

1.4. There's no acting, hiding, splitting, fragmentation, compartmentalization or closeted behavior necessary because my job supports my decision to disclose or not to disclose

1.5. I don't have to spend all of my energy fearing that someone will find out who I really am or that someone will out me without my authorization because my employer is respectful of my decision to disclose or not disclose

1.6. I'm in a positive work environment that discourages outing behavior so that my fear of being outed at work doesn't depress me, which in turn makes me more productive

1.7. I don't have to live with a sense of hypocrisy or a feeling that I'm not really who I say I am at work because my work supports any decisions I make to be out or stealth

1.8. I could also choose to be self employed in which case I am able to be myself without accountability other than to myself or to my client to build trust, relationships, credibility professionalism and knowledgeability in my chosen field

1.9. My employer does not tolerate any transphobic behavior at work which means that I don't have to dread going to work every day and that makes me a more happy and productive worker

1.10. I don't have to fear that being who I am will result in violence to me either inside work or outside of work by co-workers

2. WHOLE PERSON (Mortimer J. Adler)

2.1. I can bring the whole me to work with me and being me is considered as contributing to the creativity and diversity of the workforce

2.2. I don't have to be afraid of letting people know who I love

2.3. I don't have to be afraid of sharing what I do in my spare time, i.e.

2.4. I can wear what I like (as long as it is professional) or express my gender the way I need to without negative repercussions

2.5. I don't have to be afraid of sharing how I find positive spirituality that someone will stigmatize me for it and depending on where I live, I'm not expected to follow a mainstream spiritual choice of that area which is non accepting of transgender people

2.6. I don't have to fear that my life choices will cause someone to put me in the category of monster or freak

2.7. My supervisors and managers ask what they can do to make me feel welcomed and supported and encourage me to be my whole self

2.8. Ideally we are not penalized for discussing transgender health issues or transition at work any more than someone would be penalized for discussing their diabetic care management. Although I do not think of transgender status as a medical condition, I do think that as trans people we go through an adjustment period where we may discuss some related routine health issues. We should not be punished for "throwing trans in people's faces" for discussing these things. (Thanks to TMG for their comment)

3. PROFESSIONALISM

3.1. The definition of professionalism in the company allows for a diversity of individuals and does not unfairly penalize one particular group of people

3.2. Middle path people such as genderqueer, mixed gender presentation, bigender, intersex and other non binary genders are not unfairly penalized by the company's concept of professionalism

3.3. Unfair sexual stigma is not attached to my gender or my orientation with the stipulation that I have to erase parts of myself at work or face the consequences of not being professional enough i.e. not being promoted, being fired, being forced into a position where I'm not seen, etc.

3.4. I am not asked to remove jobs, volunteer positions or other experience on my resumé which outs me as transgender, because employment agencies, employers, etc. consider being transgender on the resumé as compromising my professionalism (unless I choose to do so for my own reasons) I have a right to screen the employer for diversity acceptance as much as they have a right to screen me for appropriate fit.

3.5. Other people at work do not ridicule me, use transphobic language, or generally act inappropriately because I am transgender i.e. they are able to perform in a professional, collaborative and civil manner with someone who is transgender. My employer extends the definition of professionalism to mean that people are sensitive to diversity and accepting of people's differences in general.

4. VALUE

4.1. I'm not expected to take a cut in pay for being transgender

4.2. My skills are appreciated and valued

4.3. My contributions are respected and not minimized because of my identity

5. BASIC NEEDS

5.1. My employer does not have a poor attitude about providing a gender neutral or handicapped, single stall bathroom for those who need it. The bathroom is closely situated to where I work, or extra time allowance is given to get to and from said bathroom

5.2. My health insurance includes pharmacy coverage for hormones, blockers, gender counseling, and GRS and the employer considers those coverages to be basic needs for someone who is transgender i.e. a basic right to equal consideration of my health care needs.

5.3. My company has a diversity policy which includes transgender people as a protected class.

6. SENSITIVITY

6.1. Learning the Faux Pas

6.2. Trans 101

6.2.1. Trans 101 T-vox

6.2.2. GLAAD

6.3. Transgender Terms

6.3.1. NCTE Handout

6.3.2. T-Vox Checklist

6.3.3. GLAAD

6.3.4. Fenway Health Handout

6.4. Cisgender Privilege

6.5. Transgender Politics

6.6. Trans Health Care

6.6.1. GLAD Story

6.7. Working While Trans

6.7.1. Advocate Story

6.7.2. Amex Story