LGBTI advocacy group publishes guidelines for firms to support transgender staff

Coinciding with the return of its annual Workplace Summit, which runs from today until Thursday (5-8 October) in Dallas, the non-profit organization Out and Equal Workplace Advocates has issued a new publication to help businesses support their trans employees.

Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines has been produced to help companies better understand how to support all transgender and gender-diverse staff.

‘There are great disparities in workplace equality that disproportionately affect the transgender community,’ said Out & Equal Founder and CEO Selisse Berry in the forward to the guide.

‘The Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines emerged from overwhelming requests from our corporate partners asking how to best support their transgender and gender-diverse employees.

‘Fortune 1000 companies reached out to us wanting to fully understand how to best support their transgender employees and coworkers.’

‘I am proud of the guidelines we’re presenting and confident that they will foster more inclusive policies and more welcoming workplaces for everyone in the LGBT community.’

The guidelines examine company policies, employee expectations, gender fluidity, how to address the concerns of co-workers, planning for transition, health insurance, restroom access and confidentiality considerations, among other topics.

The publication was welcomed by Emma Cusdin, co-chair of UK-based trans professional network Trans*formation.

‘This a brilliant and very welcomed initiative by Out & Equal,’ she told Gay Star Business.

‘Too many organizations exclude transgendered employees in their polices and guidelines. I’m really pleased that this new guide covers non-binary employees as well as those who wish to transition. This is essential reading for all employers.’

Based in San Francisco, Out and Equal has been working with Fortune 1000 companies since 1996 to help them create welcoming workplaces or LGBTI staff.

Its annual Workplace Summit is expected to attract 3,000 attendants to the Hilton Antole Hotel in Dallas. Speakers will include: the openly gay Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker; former NBA player Jason Collins; and Frank Bagiano, Chairman of First Data Corporation.

The publication of the transgender guide comes after a recent survey revealed that an increasing number of multi-national corporations are offering gender transition procedures to their health insurance benefits for staff, with Netflix and Facebook among the most recent companies to extend their policies in this area.

This has been reposted from Gay Star News.