June 23, 2020
July 1, 2020
When it comes to building an LGBTQ+ inclusive culture, many organizations have great policies in place that support their employees. But, often, these policies are more clear in their support of cisgender employees and don’t take into account gender non-conforming people.
(The term “cisgender” means people whose gender identity corresponds with their assigned sex at birth.)
Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people exist too, and they offer a wealth of talent and knowledge to your organization. As such, your HR team must work towards championing broader gender inclusivity. Here are three steps to get you started.
Chances are you already have a non-discrimination policy in place. Revisit your documentation and ensure it contains explicit guidelines around gender identity and expression.
Some areas to consider:
For more in-depth advice, take a look at this model for creating a transgender employment policy.
Transgender people are twice as likely to face unemployment than their cisgender counterparts.
Your hiring process is an opportunity to change the tide, promote your inclusive culture, and onboard awesome gender non-conforming employees across your business. Demonstrate your ongoing commitment to building a diverse team and creating an inclusive culture.
Here are some best practices:
Workplace discrimination is very high for transgender and gender non-conforming employees. To change outdated attitudes and tackle unconscious bias in your workplace, invest in ongoing diversity training.
Training will help your cisgender employees become better allies, practice pronoun usage (and sharing), and make space for LGBTQ+ conversations. In turn, making your business a more inclusive and friendly place for trans individuals to work.
“We are all part of a larger collective looking to create a more beautiful and just world,” Janet Mock, writer, director, and advocate recently noted.
There are multiple ways to champion an inclusive culture for gender non-conforming employees. However, remember that inclusivity is a journey, not a destination. There is always more to learn, to change, and to celebrate. The good news is, by reading this you’re already part of the way there.