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Changing Sex at Work: Real Life Guidelines for EA and HR Professionals. Pam Wyss, LICSW, CEAP King County EAP Seattle, WA. Today’s Objectives. Familiarize participants with terms Explore implications of being transgendered Provide an overview of “transition” - impacts on the workplace

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changing sex at work real life guidelines for ea and hr professionals

Changing Sex at Work:Real Life Guidelines for EA and HR Professionals

Pam Wyss, LICSW, CEAP

King County EAP

Seattle, WA

today s objectives
Today’s Objectives
  • Familiarize participants with terms
  • Explore implications of being transgendered
  • Provide an overview of “transition” - impacts on the workplace
  • Identify workplace challenges - how EA and HR professionals can assist
  • List additional resources
confusion of terms 101
Confusion of Terms 101

Sex & Gender

Refer to what we are

-male or female-

But they refer to different things

gender identity disorder aka transsexual transgendered
Gender Identity Disorder(aka, transsexual, transgendered)

A condition in which an individual’s innate sense of gender is different from the physical sex as which he or she was born

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DSM-IV-TR: This preoccupation may be manifested as an intense desire to adopt the social role of the other sex or to acquire the physical appearance of the other sex through hormonal or surgical manipulation. Adults with this disorder are uncomfortable being regarded by others as, or functioning in society as, a member of their designated [birth] sex.
living with gender dysphoria
Living with Gender Dysphoria

Body/mind incongruence – something’s wrong

Aware of being “different” – don’t belong

Isolate and withdraw or ostracism and violence

Social roles to extremes

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Secrets and lies: struggle for intimacy

Confusion, guilt, shame and fear

Depression, substance abuse

Self-mutilate

options
Options

1) Live with it

2) Transition

3) The “Third Option”

transition
“Transition”

The beginning-to-end process of openly and publicly redefining and reintegrating one’s intrapersonal relationship with self, his or her interpersonal relationships with others, social and legal identities, physical sex, personal psychology, external appearance and day-to-day presentation from male to female or female to male.

transition impacts everything
Transition Impacts Everything

Family Social

Physical Psychological

Legal Economic

Job Career

transition at work
Transition at Work

Ways to come out Reactions to expect

the transition team
The Transition Team

Employee

Human Resource Representative

Employee Assistance Professional

Supervisor or Manager

(Union Representative)

workplace considerations before transition
Workplace Considerations Before Transition

Workplace culture

Previous attempts by others

Current business climate

Relative value, relationships

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Job itself

Company policies and municipal protections

Financial stability & available time off

External support systems

planning essentials
Planning Essentials

Who to tell

What to say (and not say)

How to say it

Timing

the bathroom before transition
The Bathroom Before Transition

Don’t assume the right to use the opposite sex bathroom

Do assume the right to have safe access to a bathroom

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Anticipate others’ concerns

Expect disagreement, challenge (regardless)

Physical options: may be “inconvenienced”

Finalize arrangements before transition

the bathroom during transition
The Bathroom During Transition

Go with a friend

Smile

Use it and leave it

It’s a bathroom; not a political stump!

locker rooms
Locker Rooms

Install doors or curtains

Designate accessible stalls

Designate accessible times

Designate accessible facilities

names pronouns
Names & Pronouns

Match physical presentation

If in doubt, ask

If it’s wrong, remind

Expect slip-ups

dress appearance
Dress & Appearance

Gender neutral

Match to the new sex

Low-key and gradual

Follow dress codes

other workplace changes
Other Workplace Changes

Personnel file and picture ID

Business cards

Door placards

Phone and electronic directories

Insurance & benefits

Notifying customers and colleagues

Parking

Security

harassment hostile work environment
Harassment & Hostile Work Environment

Be pro-active – review policies and expectations before transition begins

Be re-active – address it as soon as it happens; enforce policy

Zero tolerance – No exceptions

communication the key to minimizing problems
Communication: the Key to Minimizing Problems
  • Transgender: what it is (and what it isn’t)
  • How and when it’s going to happen
  • Expectations - theirs and yours
  • Schedule, duty, work-space changes
  • Safety and security (e.g., the bathroom)
  • What to do with questions/concerns
  • Additional resources (EAP, HR, other)
where laws may protect
Where Laws May Protect

13 States + District of Columbia

California Colorado Hawaii Illinois Iowa

Maine Minnesota New Jersey New Mexico

Oregon Rhode Island Vermont Washington

Plus 91+ U.S. counties and cities

Transgender Law & Policy Institute (www.transgenderlaw.org) 9/2007

three laws that don t protect
Three Laws That Don’t Protect

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007

businesses that may protect
Businesses That May Protect

Many more than you may think

(and the list is growing every day)

http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace/cei.htm

resources internet
Resources - Internet
  • Human Rights Campaign

http://www.hrc.org/

  • Transgender Law & Policy Institute

http://www.transgenderlaw.org/

  • Cadrain, D. (2004). Transgender Issues in the Workplace

http://www.transgenderlaw.org/resources/HR-Wire.pdf

resources books
Resources - Books
  • Brown, M., & Rounsley, C. A. (2003). True Selves – Understanding Transsexualism for Families, Friends, Co-Workers and Helping Professionals. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ettner, R. (1999). Gender Loving Care: A Guide to Counseling Gender-Variant Clients. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
resources dvd
Resources - DVD
  • Anderson, J. (Director). (2003) Normal [Motion Picture] United States: HBO Home Entertainment.
  • Berliner, A. (Director). (1997) Ma Vie En Rose [Motion Picture] France: Sony Pictures Classics.