June celebrates Pride Month, which recognizes the positive impact that LGBTQIA2+ people have had on society throughout history.
Everyone in the workplace, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should be treated with compassion based on who they are as a person, not how they appear to look to society. Robyn Priest is the co-founder of Live Your Truth, a mental health education and strategy firm. Robyn says that people may be afraid of what they don't understand, but that acceptance is more important than understanding. "If we take the time to know the person for who they are, and not the package they present to the world - as with anyone - we find that people are just people."
Most employers wouldn't knowingly create a hostile working environment and more and more workplaces are covering gender identity and expression in their non-discrimination policies - but this doesn't mean that bullying or harassment does not occur. The workplace can be an especially negative or threatening location for trans people, whether they are transitioning, have transitioned, or identify with a different gender.
To learn more about the roles of employers, employees, and union reps, as well as current information relevant to all stakeholders, visit Support for trans employees. Help your workplace proudly support inclusivity for all.