AP Report: It Made Me Feel Like I was of Worth: Transgender Workplace Discrimination

“It makes me feel like I am of worth, like I have a chance to get a job.” These are the words of one black transgender woman describing how it felt to be at the LTBG job fair. But that chance for Mocha remains slim as nearly half of us, according to the the AP report, experience “some sort of workplace discrimination.” I’m pretty sure that number is much higher, especially for trans people of color.

Most of us have experienced long periods of under and unemployment. When we do find jobs that actually supply a pay check we are targeted by co workers with schemes to hurt our reputations and feelings and supervisors who overlook us when training becomes available.

For the record, the narrator incorrectly described gender as an ‘orientation’ conflating transgender peoples gender expression and identity with sexual orientation.

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