Metro adopts new employee gender transition policy

transition policy memo

If you’ve been on the internet lately or turned on the TV at all — or just ventured outdoors — you have probably heard the name Caitlyn Jenner. She’s the news du jour, as she’s one of the most prominent people to recently come out as transgender. Whether you think this is real news or not is immaterial. What matters is that she has people talking about transgender issues. And conversation and dialogue is what leads to change.

On June 2, and somewhat by coincidence, Metro adopted a new gender transition policy stating that any transitioning employee has the right to use “the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity; dressing in accordance with their gender identity; and being addressed by their preferred name and pronoun.”

There’s more, of course, on how transitioning employees are encouraged to create a workplace transition plan with the support of managers and supervisors and how harassment of any sort will not be tolerated. There’s also a list of definitions. Color me shocked, but I never thought I would read the term “cisgender” in an official Metro memo. (In case you aren’t sure what cisgender means: it’s a term used to describe someone whose gender identity or expression aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.)

But there it is. I have to say — I’m feeling a little proud about my place of employment just now. Yes, there have been policies against discrimination and harassment in effect for decades, but few major government agencies that employ as many people as Metro have directly tackled gender transition. This is just another small step in making sure that Metro remains a workplace that’s “safe, supportive, productive and inclusive for all.” I hope more agencies and businesses will take the same progressive stance as we all head down the path towards equality.

You can read the gender transition policy in full below.

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6 replies

  1. This is an excellent idea!

    The next step is to require that contractors who take Metro money must adopt similar procedures to encourage a respectful work environment.

  2. (edit: encourage, not ensure). Moderator, can you edit?
    This is what happens when I comment while on the telephone ;p

  3. Not withstanding, this confuses the heck out of liberals and the progressive media who try to take advantage of her to promote their progressiveness rather than respect the person she is:

    Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner identifies with the GOP and is a Christian:
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/25/bruce-jenner-stuns-diane-sawyer-im-a-republican-an/

    With the other perspective that hypocritically, Democrats (including CA) are the ones pushing to ban conversion therapy all the while capitalizing on Caitlyn Jenner because she’s white, rich, and has celebrity status.

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/03/bruce-jenners-supporters-are-bullies-who-dont-care-about-him/
    http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/03/bruce-jenners-supporters-are-bullies-who-dont-care-about-him/2/

    Liberal hypocrisy at its finest.

  4. “…has the right to use ‘the restroom that…’ ”

    Metro has restrooms? Except in Union Station I haven’t seen a public restroom anywhere in the Metro empire. And I think the Union Station restrooms are outside the Metro domain. Or do you mean the elevators that seem to get used as restrooms?