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Re: Work Transition

Post by Ice Maiden » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:02 am


Re: Work Transition

Post by Ice Maiden » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:01 am

There have been many who have been here and asked this question over the years.

The world of work is 'supposedly' far better than it was back in the day.

The simplest way to approach this is 3 fold

If you are self-employed then the biggest hurdle is your client's levels of transphobia which is impossible to gauge, A front of house retailer say in a store selling something that may 'clash' with early transition can be problematical. Working in say Mothercare and a trans*man's voice breaking can confuse the client and maybe make them feel uncomfortable. It is pointless saying it cannot happen. It does sadly. People tend to be supportive as a rule but deep down many still get a little 'freaked out by it all. Even families struggle.

If your job is one of faith, vicar, Imam and so on then it is going to be a bit of a tough ride and a change of work maybe considered, at least during transition, speak to your employer and see how they feel? C of E is pretty good and has many trans* priests. But parents say at a Sunday School may show their annoyance by no longer attending.

If you work in an office then it can be easier depending on the dynamic of the team. If there are a group of bawdy men selling cars it may be hard work and you may just become some sexist joke to them. It is hard to transition to a female gender role, when one has to keep behaving as a man to fit in. If you work in a larger company with a personnel dept or officer, then speak to them about this ASAP! Legally you have protections in the workplace, They may need to brush up on these rules as it is not everyday they have to face them. You can guide them by doing some research of your own. You can visit the Department of Work and Pensions Website.

If you work for a 'boss' and have direct access to them, then you will sooner or later have to arrange a meeting with them - do not rush this! Don't be too bolshy... Like walk in with a Union Rep and throw legislation on their desk... That may come later... They maybe really cool about it.

If your employer is a prize A**hole. Then you may need to seek legal advice. If you are not a member of a union, this maybe the time to join one. Most unions have a great working relationship with the transgender community.

Watch this clip for example... When one of our team was at Trans*pride Brighton. and listen to this union rep
Hope this helps.

Again there are so many variables involved here that it is a difficult question to answer.

As my colleague Steffi above has said. Maybe you can expand on this?

Read this as it has been asked before :)

Re: Work Transition

Post by Steffi » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:37 am

Hi and welcome :-)

What are you actually asking?

Work Transition

Post by AnonM2F » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:50 pm

Tried to ask this on the tgboards but got shut down with useless and ignorant advice to "accept who I am" which had nothing to do with my post, sigh...I just need some practical advice from people who have actually successfully transitioned at work. I cannot afford to "take a chance" and bull my way through this and end up like so many others I've heard of getting fired over technicalities days later. I do not have the means to even fight back if that happens.

p.s. also why do all the transgender boards feel like shopping centers....