Finding Trans-Friendly Workplaces: Resources and Tips
As a transgender individual, finding a workplace that is supportive and inclusive can be a challenge.
Many companies may not have specific policies or practices in place to support transgender employees, and the job search process can be uncomfortable and even discriminatory.
However, there are resources available to help transgender job seekers find trans-friendly workplaces.
In this article, we will provide information on some of the resources available and tips for finding a trans-friendly workplace.
Resources for Finding Trans-Friendly Workplaces:
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index: The HRC Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool that rates companies based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. You can find a list of companies that received a perfect score on their website. (https://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index)
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) Workplace Equality Program: NCTE's Workplace Equality Program is a resource for transgender individuals looking for employment opportunities at companies that have pledged to support the transgender community. https://transequality.org/know-your-rights/employment-general
OUT Leadership: OUT Leadership is a consulting firm that works with leading companies to advance LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. They have a list of companies that have achieved a perfect score on their Corporate Equality Index. (https://www.outleadership.com/)
Transgender Law Center (TLC) Employment Rights: TLC provides resources and information on transgender employment rights and offers a list of trans-friendly employers. https://transgenderlawcenter.org/
Pink-Jobs: This is a job search website for LGBT+ Friendly, Equal Opportunity Jobs and Candidates. https://pink-jobs.com/
- TransWork. TransWork is actively recruiting LGBTQ and trans-friendly businesses to post openings specifically for recruiting transgender and gender non-binary employees. https://transwork.org/job-seekers.
Zippia The Career Expert: "Applying for jobs can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re a trans applicant.
Do you out yourself immediately or wait until paperwork is filed? Can you avoid outing yourself at all? Can you apply with your new name or do you have to use your legal name? What about company dress codes?
These are just a few questions trans job seekers ask themselves." Learn more at https://www.zippia.com/job-search/lgbtq-jobs/trans-job-seeker-guide/
Tips for Finding a Trans-Friendly Workplace:
Research companies before applying: Research the company's policies and practices on diversity and inclusion, as well as their track record on LGBTQ+ rights. Look for companies that have been recognized for their commitment to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
Network with other transgender individuals: Reach out to other transgender individuals in your field and ask for their recommendations on trans-friendly workplaces.
Be upfront about your gender identity: If you feel comfortable, let the company know that you are transgender during the interview process. This will give you an idea of how the company views and treats transgender employees.
Look for companies with transgender employee resource groups: Companies that have employee resource groups specifically for transgender individuals are more likely to be supportive and inclusive.