LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — (This article was edited March 1, 2017 to remove tags and other identification from people in the story due to harassment by a third party. The story remains factual as first written. Thank you.)
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A soon-to-be-released study indicates that transsexuals who do not identify themselves as such have far less job satisfaction than those who do. (Of course, the question on my mind is what about those who are transitioning on the job? Were they excluded from the study? We won’t know until the entire study is published.)
Titled: “Trans-parency in the Workplace: How the Experiences of Transsexual Employees Can Be Improved”, the study was done with researchers from Rice University and Pennsylvania State University and is stated to be published soon in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. The authors of the paper are Michelle Hebl and Enrica Ruggs.
From Science Codex: “The study’s main finding revealed that transsexuals who are open with others about their gender identity in the workplace are happier and more productive workers than those who are not open. In addition, individuals who were more open with their family and friends about their lifestyle and who identified strongly as transsexuals were more likely to disclose their gender identity in the workplace than transsexuals who were less open and did not identify as transsexuals as strongly.” . . .
“The study also shows that those who disclose their transsexuality are more satisfied with and committed to their organization, so long as their work environments are supportive. However, transsexual employees have lower rates of job satisfaction and commitment when their co-workers react negatively to their gender identity.”
More on the study: ‘Trans-parency’ in the workplace | Science Codex.
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Of course, we are satisfied, and Happy! Even with the hatemongers, and I have a few…it’s far better to be myself and hold my head up. Hear me roar!!
Im not certain that I totally agree with the study findings that being open about how we became our chosen gender so much as being accepted in our chosen gender. I prefer to be VERY selective about who I share my path with and it is a rare thing for me to disclose that to anyone. Some identify as trans, while others identify as a specific gender. I for one think of myself as a female and not as a trans person. Being trans was the process to correcting a physical issue and although I am in a sense trans, I consider myself female and that is how I identify and express myself.
When my co-workers found out I was FTM is was rough for a while. They knew how to deal with inmates who were gay or transgendered but having a co-worker was a different situation. One that they weren’t exactly prepared to deal with. And for awhile I was delegated to wearing the leper’s bell. No one wanted to talk to me, no one wanted to work with me. It’s not easy being on your own, especially in a prison setting. But eventually people got used to the idea & my situation has improved considerable. Not everyone likes me but I think that would be expecting too much. They’re a very small minority & that suits me just fine.
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Thanks for commenting. Your story will help many TG people. While some may not be as lucky, at least they’ll know it is possible to be out and have a good work environment!