"I'm trying to find the truth
in words, in rhymes, in notes,
in all the things I wish I wrote."
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Exploring Gender: Pronouns and Work Interactions

"It is always interesting starting a new job, getting to learn new things, meeting new people. But whenever you start a new job as a trans* person, there is often a certain bit of anxiety associated with it. It is hard to learn how to navigate new environments, so there are certain questions you should consider. Are you generally read as the gender you identify? How do you want to handle situations in which you are misgendered? Do you want to be stealth and how do you handle that?

"Mostly when I am out and about, I am read as male, so coming into my new job, I wasn’t really thinking about how to handle being misgendered. I am generally very open. I answer questions. I talk to people about LGBTQ* issues. But for some reason, in a work situation, it is hard for me to begin that conversation about pronouns, about my name, and I am still trying to figure it out. But it is something I have to do, a conversation I need to learn how to have."

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Exploring Gender: The Silent T

"LGBTQ* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Transsexual, Queer or Questioning) is the general acronym used to describe the community, the asterisk used to denote the inclusion of anyone who is a part of the community, but is not represented by any of the letters, such as asexual or pansexual. But over the past few years, some have argued the trans* part of the community is not being well supported by the rest of the community. 

"Arguments such as this did not find real ground until the 110th United States Congress when the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was introduced and included originally both sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. But after that bill died in committee, gender identity was removed, and the bill was reintroduced, passing in the House before dying in the Senate. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) supported this change to the legislation with the hope that it would pass without those provisions, but many criticized this move as an abandonment of a part of the community for which the HRC was supposed to be advocating. For those in favor of removing gender identity from the bill, it represented an opportunity for a step in the right direction, with hope that step would lead to others in protecting the rights of all LGBTQ* people. Others feel as if this move undermined the basis of the community: the inclusion of all people under the LGBTQ* umbrella and work towards equal rights for all of those people.”

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The Progress of ENDA

An article from the Washington Blade describing ENDA’s progress in committee and the changes to be made before it reaches the Senate floor

Exploring Gender: Victory for Trans* Employees

"I have talked a lot about the importance of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for the LGBTQ* community. LGB individuals can still be fired legally in 29 states while trans* people can be fired legally in 34. Over half of the states in the US have no protections for their LGBTQ* workers (more information about ENDA here). Those protections are the very basis of what is needed for us to reach equality. There was a recent step in the right direction, though, with a decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).”