Trans at Work – soft launch
The next major initiative of We Happy Trans will be the Trans at Work project.
I and many others believe that the greatest issue facing trans people is employment. Whether it’s a young person who can’t find a safe form of employment, or an established professional who doesn’t come out in fear of losing their job, employment issues impact our confidence, security, income, relationships, power and place in society. If the trans movement is going to move forward, it has to provide opportunities to the most vulnerable members of our community and empower our most capable leaders.
The Trans at Work project is comprised of five initiatives aimed at influencing mulitple aspects of employment. Our hope is that any small movement on any one of these fronts will be well worth the effort. There is more information in the video below.
This is a soft launch in order to consider additional initiatives, gauge interest and capacity, identify possible institutional partners, and eliminate redundancies where these efforts are already being successfully undertaken elsewhere. We are also looking to put together a team of volunteers for each of these initiatives, and 1-2 team leaders to coordinate their activities. Please contact me via jen @ wehappytrans.com if you’d like to participate.
Initiative #1: A submission driven video project a la the 7 Questions project, where we’ll invite trans people to submit videos or blogs about their experiences transitioning on the job, or seeking employment while trans. As with the 7Qs, it will focus on success stories, announcement examples, and recommended strategies.
Initiative #2: A resource center for employers with trans employees, containing sample HR policies, stories from other employers, best practices, etc.
Initiative #3: A trans honor roll for businesses and organizations that are supportive of trans employees.
Initiative #4: A professional network for trans people to share advice, job opportunities, stories, etc.
Initiative #5: We will seek to get one or more national companies to publicly encourage transgender applicants for entry level positions and to support those employees on the job.
Again, this is a soft launch, so please leave your ideas and comments below, or email me to volunteer. We hope to formally launch no later than early 2013.