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Workplace Gender Identity Guidelines

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates is an LGBTQ nonprofit committed to creating safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees to be out about their sexual and gender identities. This is not always an easy or safe proposition given that, in 29 states, anti-discrimination laws don't include protection on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In essence, someone can be fired for being gay in 29 states. 

Fortunately, many major corporations have their own policies which protect their LGBTQ employees and provide them with equal treatment and opportunities. You can see a list of the U.S. companies (with 500+ employees) that are rated as "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Employees" in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Through the work of nonprofit organizations like Out and Equal and companies like The Equality Institute, workplaces are becoming safer for all employees. For example, Out and Equal created a guidebook on transgender issues full of suggested human resources policies and other considerations to ensure that trans employees feel safe. You can download that guidebook here.

One consideration for your transgender employees is restroom access. Adhering to these guidelines specifically on best practices in restroom access for transgender employees can ensure all employees are valued, leaving your entire team energized and inspired. Equal treatment is just good for business.