Publications on Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace

This list of resources is intended for informational purposes only. It does not constitute and should not be regarded as an endorsement by the Human Rights Campaign or the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Employer’s Guide to Gender Transition (1992)

Dana Cole, International Foundation for Gender Identification
This handbook has been created at the request of business leaders and upper-level management personnel of several corporations.  It was designed to address the most common issues that arise when an employee makes a gender transition on the job. 
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Medical, Legal & Workplace Issues for the Transsexual (1995)

Sheila Kirk, M.D., and Martine Rothblatt, J.D.
This book was conceived with the earnest desire to give to the transsexual individual guidelines and assistance as he or she moves through this very special time in their lives.  We have taken three distinct periods in which we feel special problems should be addressed and discussed. 
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Transgender Workplace Diversity (2007)

Jillian Todd Weiss, J.D., Ph.D.
Intended for professionals in human resources, diversity and law who are faced with issues of transgender workplace diversity in the United States, this book addresses transgender basics, gender identity law, policy issues, and gender transition guidelines. It specifically sets forth what steps to take and what issues to consider when confronted with an employee who wishes to transition from one gender to another. 

Transsexual Workers: An Employer’s Guide (1998)

Janis Walworth, M.S., Center for Gender Sanity
Transsexual Workers: An Employer's Guide is designed for employers, managers, human resources personnel, implementers of employee assistance programs, and others in a position to make workplace decisions about how to handle a transsexual employee's transition from one sex to the other. The book includes basic information about transsexualism, an explanation of the transition process, illustrative personal histories, information on relevant civil rights and disability laws, tips for managing difficult situations, and a glossary. There are suggestions for dealing with coworkers' concerns, uncomfortable clients, the general public, and the media. Common workplace issues, such as pronoun usage, dress codes, restroom use, employee transfers, and health insurance, are addressed. A wider concept of transgender is also introduced as it pertains to crossdressers, transgenderists, intersex people, post-transition transsexuals, and others. A resource section lists helpful national and regional organizations, books, magazines, and videos. 
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True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism – For Families, Friends, Co-Workers, and Helping Professionals (1996)

Brown, Mildred L. and Chloe Ann Rounsley
Filled with wisdom and understanding, this groundbreaking book paints a vivid portrait of conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis--and the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others. True Selves offers valuable guidance for those who are struggling to understand these people and their situations. 

Working with Transsexuals: A Guide for Coworkers (1999)

Center for Gender Sanity
The present volume is specifically for a transsexual's coworkers and is shorter and less expensive, allowing an employer to purchase multiple copies to distribute to employees. This book contains much of the same information as the employer's guide regarding transsexualism and the process of transition, but here this information is imbedded in the story of a transsexual woman who decides to transition on her job. Female-to-male issues are addressed by a transsexual man who speaks to her coworkers. There are two chapters of questions frequently asked by coworkers and answers to them. Also included are photographs of transsexual professionals to show readers that transsexuals in the workplace look pretty much like anyone else. Resources are offered for readers who want to access more in-depth information on this subject. The book contains a foreword by Marie Keller, Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center. 
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