How to find the right trans person for your job
Posted On July 15, 2021
The transgender community has always been a hot topic in the entertainment industry, with many transgender actors and actresses coming out to fame and fortune in recent years.
But what about in the workplace?
And how do you find the best person for a job?
Here are the 10 ways to find a transgender person for work.
“Don’t ask me why I’m wearing this,” said one transgender woman.
“You’re asking me why my boobs are really big.”
Don’t be shy.
“I think it’s great to be treated with respect.
When I’m working, I want to be comfortable with people who want to work with me,” said Caitlyn Jenner.
Don (not) try to act.
Transgender people have a different way of looking at their bodies and their experience than cisgender people, so they don’t try to change them, said Dr. Tanya Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Florida.
“When you’re out and about, don’t be afraid to ask someone what they’re wearing, because it’s something that they’re going to know you’re transgender,” she said.
Make sure you know who you’re talking to.
You may not be looking for a transgender woman, but you’ll want to know who they are to find out if they have the right skill set to work in the industry, said Gail DeSimone, who is transgender and co-director of the Gender Identity Clinic at the Gender Spectrum Center.
“A trans woman, I know, is probably going to be very much in her own head,” said Bhattacarya.
“But, if you can be honest, ask them how they feel about a trans person, because that can help you understand what their experiences are.”
Be aware of your comfort level.
“It’s a little more difficult for me because I’m so comfortable with myself and what I wear, and I don’t want to feel uncomfortable,” said Jennifer Holliday, a transgender model who works in advertising.
“If you want to do it for a while, be patient and let it go.”
Ask for help.
If you’re unsure about your options, you might want to get advice from a counselor, said DeSimones.
“Just because you’re comfortable doesn’t mean that you have to be, and you can find a way to work through it.”
“Being trans is just one of those things that can happen to anyone.
It can happen in your own life, in your work, in any other situation, and that’s okay,” said Holliday.
“People need to be able to deal with it and move on, so if you feel like you have an issue, it’s OK to talk to someone.”
Try to understand your role.
“Do I have to take care of a transgender client if they are having problems?
Or does it mean that I can take care?
If I don.
What’s going on with me and how do I handle that?
I think that can be really helpful,” said De Simones.
Don’ t think that you need to work hard to find someone who fits your ideal.
“Sometimes I think, ‘Well, maybe I am not that trans, and maybe I’m just not good at this,’ ” said Hollidays.
“The thing is, you can have a really good person at work, and they can be a great friend.
And that’s a privilege that I have and a privilege everyone can have.”