For transgendered employees, one of the most difficult decisions to make is transitioning in the workplace. When we speak of transgenderism, we are talking about a person whose gender identity or expression differs from conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity.
The number of trans employees is not large and is a topic that is rarely covered in the employee handbook. Often the transgender is left on their own to educate their colleagues and this can sometimes lead to dire consequences.
“I had more anxiety about transitioning at work than I did about any other area of my life because I had worked there for five years before transitioning, and people knew me as ‘she.’ Coming out at work for me meant transitioning pretty publicly, because all of the faculty and staff would know, and also all of the students.