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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