Employment Resources

For Transgender Employees

General Employee Resources

Association of Transgender Professionals
TGNC people seeking to advance careers, and facilitate networking mentoring in TGNC communities.

Out & Equal: Employee Resource Group (ERG) Registry
The Out & Equal Employee Resource Group (ERG) Registry is the largest network of LGBT ERG leaders in the world. Included in the registry are Out & Equal ERG resources, member profiles (including searchable, sortable ERG information), ERG surveys and polls, discussions, sample documents, events, links and announcements. Membership is free.

Out & Equal at Work (Book for Purchase)
Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office is an anthology that chronicles personal narratives from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied executive trailblazers who have conquered adversity and ushered in policies that affirm and support the LGBT community in the workplace. Available in print ($14.95) and as an e-book for iPad, Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK, and Sony Reader products.

Pride at Work
Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 Chapters organize at the state and local level around the country.

Transgender Workplace Diversity (Blog)
This blog, written by Jillian Weiss, a law professor, covers the law, politics and policy issues in transgender workplace diversity. Dr. Weiss updates the blog frequently with news about transgender workplace issues and policy updates.

New York Employee Resources

Corning, NY: SPECTRA
Corning: 1 W Market Street
SPECTRA is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of Corning Inc. SPECTRA aims to include people of every ethnicity, race, color, age, disability, religion, and national origin. Their mission is to create an environment that embraces a wide range of sexual orientations, family arrangements, and genders through supporting the individual, the Corporation, and the community. For more information, contact Dr Sue Schiefelbein. Mailing address: SP-FR-05, Corning NY 14831

Lockheed Martin: Pride Owego
Owego, NY: 1801 State Route 17C
(607) 751-3799
Affinty group for GLBTI employees of Lockheed Martin. For more information, contact Dwayne Neal, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego.

Coming Out in the Workplace

Human Rights Campaign (HRC): Coming Out in the Workplace as Transgender
This guide to coming out as transgender in the workplace from the HRC provides some benefits and risks of coming out, information on non-discrimination policies and information on the legal and human resources components of coming out as transgender in the workplace.

Transgender at Work
The Transgender at Work (TAW) project is a focal point for addressing workplace issues for transgender people. TAW provides resources for employers who want to set up their company employment policies to be more trans-friendly, as well as resources for individuals who are transgender looking for trans-friendly employment or wanting to transition in the workplace.

Transitioning at Work

Center for Gender Sanity: Preparing for Transition on the Job
Center for Gender Sanity, a website with a number of resources for transgender employees (and their employers), provides a guide to preparing for a transition on the job. The guide includes links to discrimination policies, advice for preparing to transition and for informing coworkers and supervisors, and general advice on transitioning.

Gender Vision: Transitioning at Work
Videos describing personal experiences. Ethan St. Pierre, former police officer & security supervisor, and female-to-male transsexual talks about his experience of being harassed and fired simply because of his gender. Alishia Ouelette, firefighter and male-to-female transsexual talks about her experience as a firefighter in Danvers, where she remains on the job after undergoing intense public scrutiny.

Transgender at Work
Three short presentations about people who have successfully transitioned on their jobs.

Work Transition for Transsexual and Transgender People
Personal experience of a woman who transitioned in her workplace and a wealth of good advice for transgender workers.

For Employers

Guidelines, Policies, Practices

Center for Gender Sanity: Strategies for Managing Transition
Center for Gender Sanity provides some tips for employers when employees are undergoing transition. Advice includes assembling a transition team, providing educational trainings, adjusting restroom policies as necessary, etc.

HRC - Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Recommended Policies and Practices
The HRC provides recommended policy and practice changes in making work environments more trans-inclusive; some of the suggestions included in this resource are non-discrimination policies, dress code regulations, and documentation updates (among a number of other resources).

HRC - Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines
The HRC provides suggested guidelines for businesses that aim to be trans-friendly so that they will be prepared to manage a gender transition. These guidelines are made to be presented in either a formal or informal document that is available to all human resource professionals.

Advancement in State and Federal Law Regarding Transgender Employees: Compliance Guide for Employers and Employment Law Attorneys
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Transgender Law Center (TLC) have put together this compliance guide for employers and employment law attorneys, which includes background information on state (California) and federal laws regarding transgender employees, definition lists, bathroom laws, etc.

Opportunities for Training

Center for Gender Sanity: Consulting and Training
(360) 398-2878
The Center for Gender Sanity provides free 30-min over-the-phone consulting for employers with questions about working with transgender employees and creating trans-friendly work environments. Contact for information about additional consultation and training.

Long Island GLBT Center - Long Island Transgender Experience (LITE)
Contact: Rob Balzarano: gro.retnectblgil|onarazlabr#gro.retnectblgil|onarazlabr
(631) 665-2300, (516) 323-0011.
Long Island GLBT Center's LITE program includes a human resource training, for transgender issues in the workplace. Advocating with Human Resource departments is a key focus.

Out & Equal: Training Programs
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates offers diversity training, educational resources and consulting services to senior management, human resources professionals, employee resource groups and individual employees to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Out & Equal's programs are designed and tailored for a wide variety of audiences including corporations, mid/small businesses, educational institutions, faith communities, governmental agencies, community groups and nonprofit organizations.

Pride Center of the Capital Region: Educational and Professional Development on Transgender Issues
Request Form: http://www.capitalpridecenter.org/speaker-request.cfm
The Pride Center of the Capital Region offers free educational and professional development trainings to people interested in increasing their awareness of the Transgender community. This training is devoted to understanding the “T” in the LGBT population. Despite the increasing prevalence of the term Transgender, there are still many misconceptions and misunderstandings. This workshop will discuss myths and stereotypes about Transgender people and explore ways to better support the Transgender population.

Pride Center of Western New York: LGBT Cultural Competence Training
Buffalo: 206 S Elmwood Avenue
(716) 852-7743, ext. 3437
The Pride Center of Western New York offers LGBT Sensitivity Trainings to businesses and organizations interested in having members of their staff trained on being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of their LGBT customers/clients and co-workers, and to treat them as they would want to be treated. Contact Pride Center to schedule LGBT Sensitivity Training.

Samuel Lurie: Transgender Awareness Training and Advocacy
(800) 423-5470 x2
Transgender Awareness Training and Advocacy is committed to working with advocates and allies of transgender people so that they can better meet the specific needs of trans people in areas of health care, HIV/AIDS Services, counseling, case management, education, housing, and employment.

Transgender at Work: Transgender Workplace Diversity/Sensitivity Training
Includes Transgender at Work Speakers Bureau, a list of speakers/trainers/organizations across the United States that provide transgender-specific workplace trainings.

New York Training Contacts
Nathan Levitt, RN
Community Outreach and Education Nurse
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

356 W. 18th St. NY, NY 10011
Nathan coordinates training requests for professional and community education on issues related to transgender health.

For Job Seekers

Trans-Friendly Company Listings

Transgender at Work: Best Companies to Work for
This list includes Fortune 500 companies who have formally stated that they will not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression, as well as a list of Fortune 500 companies that have stated they will cover all or part of the needs of trans health care.

HRC: Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees.

Job Search Help

Employment Assistance for Ladies in Transition
This page is designed to list TG friendly employers and positions wanted to help people in transition seeking employment. E-mail contact for site creator is listed, as well as listing of corporations that are LGBT-friendly.

Out & Equal: LGBT Careerlink
Out & Equal, which provides a number of resources for LGBT and allied employers, employees, and job seekers, provides LGBT Careerlink, which includes advanced job searching options, control over your career advancement, increased exposure for your resume, and ability to create e-mail alerts of new jobs.

Out for Work
Out for Work assists in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities for LGBT college students. OFW's programs provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities.

The Transgender Job Bank
Job listings worldwide for the transgender community.

Job listings, resources, news and discussion about transgender employment.

UVM: FAQ's for Transgender Job Seekers
University of Vermont provides an FAQ, including decisions about coming out to potential employers, for transgender job seekers. Also included in this guide is a list of resources about trans issues in the workplace.

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