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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Resource: HRC's Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has just posted guidelines on workplace gender transition, particularly directed to workplaces where employees are in the process of transitioning on the job.

In a post last month, I discussed the general requirements of good gender transition policy, and offered a copy of a comprehensive policy now in use by a Fortune 500 company. After a brief review of HRC's policy, my general impression is that it fulfills those requirements. Given the prominent position of HRC as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality, this publication is an important step forward in transgender workplace diversity.

The HRC policy guidelines impress me as extremely liberal in tone, which may not be appropriate for organizations in conservative environments. It is my belief that fit with organizational culture plays an important role in the success of transgender policies. I will review these guidelines in more detail and write a post soon.

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