The present study examined the gender transition experiences of transgender employees while in the workplace. Participants were 139 transgender-identified individuals currently employed at the time of the study. Participants were asked to respond to open-ended questions related to their experiences transitioning at work and provide any advice they might share with other transgender individuals considering a gender transition while employed. Using a thematic content analysis informed by grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967), participants’ responses were coded into 4 main domains: (a) interpersonal issues, (b) intrapersonal factors, (c) systemic and organizational issues, and (d) logistics and planning. Each of these domains was comprised of thematic categories and subcategories that further elucidated participants’ experiences related to these domains. Findings highlighted key areas of stress (e.g., hostile coworkers, gendered spaces, no employee protection policies) and strategies for preparing to transition genders at work (e.g., informing human resources, identifying allies). Implications of these results for practitioners, employers, and activists are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity|
|State||Published - 2014|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2014 American Psychological Association.
- Gender identity
- Gender transition
- Work experiences
- Workplace discrimination