As somebody who's nonbinary transmasc, I'm so proud of the Transitioning at Work policy, which many members of the LGBTQIA+ community worked incredibly hard on. It's a policy to help give guidance and a path forward. Everything you need is there, because by the time you're transitioning at work, you've already done many transitions in terms of self-discovery, understanding, and social transitions. This guideline is meant to show dignity and respect to those going through so much at once.
The policy doesn’t simply tell people to go talk to Employee Experience. Instead it describes how you speak to people, what your protections are, and what your safety net is. It also reinforces the fact that you deserve respect throughout the entire process. It's a tool for anybody who is experiencing the difficulty of trying to transition and be themselves authentically at work.
We’re also having Kin + Carta-wide discussions, and there’s plenty of education going on. Last year I gave a whole discussion about anti-trans laws. Just a year later, those bills have increased exponentially to over 500. At the time, the anti-trans laws were something our Kin hadn't heard much about. But because we had those discussions, our teams are more knowledgeable about the situation.
Now our big focus is around Strength in Solidarity, meaning that we achieve harmony through education and by pushing forward together. Everything that we’ve said as a company around wanting to support our trans siblings, changing our logo to the trans flag, and hosting discussions around anti-trans laws all came from the Pride+ affinity group with the intention of bringing us all together in solidarity.
Because I’m so passionate about creating safe communities, I also run a YouTube channel called DaintyTank. It's an LGBTQIA+ gaming channel, and it's geared towards others within our community who want to find someone who is from the community to just talk and play gay trans inclusionary games together. It’s a small channel, but it matters because I get comments saying ‘Thank you for this’, ‘I needed to hear this today’, or ‘I'm glad you said that it was okay for me to be this way’.