Three Ways to Create an Inclusive Work Environment for LGBTQ+ PeopleJune 29, 2021
Recently, a famous actor came out as transgender. His announcement was shared on many talk shows and news media. As I watched, one of the things that struck me was the anchors and interviewers admitting that they were uncomfortable discussing transgender issues due to a lack of education and understanding. This was exacerbated by the fact that this person was in the public eye for years and well known. It occurred to me that people were not necessarily uncomfortable with the actual change in gender of the actor, it was more about fear of making a mistake when referring to him. There was confusion about pronouns. There was confusion about referring to previous roles. There was confusion about name changes. In short: there was confusion all around. While it was especially pronounced for a celebrity, the same issues occur in our social circles and workplace. Co-workers who have known someone for years as one gender can be confused about how to interact during and after transition. This is why education is so important. TransLucent Resources devises helpful training programs and services for an inclusive workplace that removes the confusion.