In business we all want to succeed, be better communicators, be better people and influence change. Running a start-up, small business or any enterprise for that matter comes with its challengers and hurdles to jump. Add to that starting your life over in your mid fifties and being transgender. The challenges become magnified simple because you now belong in a minority.
Simple things take on a new perspective, what would seem to be a no brainer turns out to be an epic issue. In the news recently is the plight of a transgender boy who is a wrestler and wants to wrestle other boys in competition, but is not allowed to by the Texas law that states "you must join the team that aligns with your birth gender". That means that he must compete in the girl’s tournament.
Texas transgender wrestler
Closer to home we have a transgender weightlifter who has been cleared for the Commonwealth games but the Australian weightlifting federation wanted to ban her.
games chiefs reject Australian bid to ban transgender kiwi weightlifter
In both these examples there is a complete lack of understanding of the basics of being transgender let alone what hormone treatment does to your body.
Are we in the business world doing any better than our sporting friends?
Unfortunately, no. Only one job application out of 30 that I have done this month actually had the LGBTI+ question included in their diversity questions in the application and that was an LGBTI+ Organisation.
One of the other issues for transgender employees who transition at work, is being pushed out.
The link below is to a very good article on the subject.
Tran women losing jobs
An organisation can only truly say that they and inclusive, is when they open their doors to diversity.
What can you do:
Link to CGC Inclusion Check:
Note a full Auditing tool that meets ISO 9001 is under development.