Newslatestworld.com – A new study shows that transgender people who choose to be open about who they are at work are happier and more committed to their jobs, even though their community is often stigmatized.
The study, with the clever title “Trans-parency in the Workplace: How the Experiences of Transsexual Employees Can Be Improved,” was published in the December issue of the Journal of Vocational Behavior. According to one of the study’s co-authors, it is one of the first pieces of empirical research on the transgender experience in the workplace. A survey was given to 88 transgender employees to determine what factors “affect their job satisfaction and organizational commitment.”
It may not be surprising that they were generally happier and more productive at work the more they talked about who they were. But, as Campus Progress writer Shay O’Reilly writes, “There are limitations to the study: It was not a random sample, with participants recruited at a transgender conference and online (a common study method for reporting on the LGBT community), and the study did not take causality into account. The researchers acknowledged that transgender people who don’t care if they are fired — that is, who don’t care about the costs of changing jobs — might be more likely to switch jobs.” The report also says that transgender men might have an easier time coming out than transgender women, and it admits that it can be hard to find a workplace accepting transgender people in general.
Larry Martinez, a co-author of the study and a graduate student at Rice University, says, “It’s important for people to have the same identity at work and at home.” “Transgender employees who have a strong support system at home may have the courage to tell their coworkers at work that they are transgender.”
One transgender blogger for the Montreal Gazette, who only went by the name Jillian, said something similar: “But “coming out” at work and having my coworkers accept me has helped me in so many ways…
I wish I could have done it years ago. If I had, I’d be running the country right now.”
In another big step forward for the transgender community, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) asked doctors to get ready to give routine treatments and screenings to transgender people or refer them to other doctors as part of a larger effort to fix the big health care problems the community faces.
Dr. Eliza Buyers, a former member of The College’s Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, is quoted as saying, “It would be great if all transgender patients had the money to go to a specialized clinic, but the reality is that many don’t get care because they don’t.” “We can help improve the health of the transgender community as a whole by increasing the number of ob-gyns who treat transgender patients.”