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Stories that Pay Off: Navigating the challenges of coming out at work
Transitioning at work can be awkward. One transgender advocate shares her tips. Tim Gouw/Pexels

While we’d like to think all workplaces practice inclusive and progressive policies centered around LGBTQ communities, that’s far from reality. In fact, a report by the Human Rights Campaign found that 53% of LGBTQ individuals have heard jokes about lesbian or gay people in their workplaces. A 2016 survey of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 90% of respondents reported having experienced harassment, mistreatment or discrimination at work. According to transgender advocate Dana Pizzuti however, there are ways to hopefully make the process of transitioning at work easier, and a lot less awkward, for transgender individuals.

We also explored one business leader’s plan to transform the office experience for marginalized employees, took a larger look at corporate America’s inclusivity policies and examined recent research suggesting why gay men and lesbian women may be discriminated against at work.

Transitioning at work can be tough. Here are some tips from someone who’s done it.

‘Transitioning in the Workplace’ shares advice about coming out to colleagues, introducing a new name and setting a medical timeline with your manager.
‘Transitioning in the Workplace’ shares advice about coming out to colleagues, introducing a new name and setting a medical timeline with your manager. Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

Not everyone transitions in the same way, but one common experience? It might get a little uncomfortable at work.

Nearly half of LGBTQ employees are not out at work. One out leader hopes to change that from within.

Parade participants march with an Amazon flag at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade on Market Street.
Parade participants march with an Amazon flag at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade on Market Street. Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock

Companies like Amazon and Google have devoted resources to inclusivity and instituted unconscious bias training workshops to help eliminate gender, racial and LGBTQ discrimination. But what actually works?

Where are all the queer CEOs?

LGBTQ equality in corporate America: Where are all the queer CEOs? Visible out CEOs — such Lloyd’s of London’s Inga Beale, Apple’s Tim Cook and former Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey — are still rare in corporate America.
LGBTQ equality in corporate America: Where are all the queer CEOs? Visible out CEOs — such Lloyd’s of London’s Inga Beale, Apple’s Tim Cook and former Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey — are still rare in corporate America. Joamir Salcedo/Mic

The age of marriage equality has pressured companies to become more inclusive, but leadership is still often dominated by straight white men.

Gay workers may lose promotions, raises because of bias toward their voice, study suggests

A study suggests LGBTQ individuals may be discriminated at work.
A study suggests LGBTQ individuals may be discriminated at work. rawpixels.com/Pexels

Voice bias” might help explain why gay workers lose promotions and raises. Here’s how to identify illegal workplace discrimination — and fight back.