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Feeling truly included,
safe, and empowered
to speak up and
take creative risks at
work are all essential parts of a positive employee
experience, and organizations are recognizing that,
particularly when it comes to LGBTQ+ employees

S

BY ROBYN PASSANTE

arah (last name withheld by request) spent more
than 15 challenging years taking steps she felt were
necessary to live as her female self. But her transgender
journey would not be complete until she transitioned
at work-an imperative made clear after the mostly
remote-working Sarah had to spend a couple of days in
meetings at the company's Philadelphia office in 2019,
presenting as her old self and being called her former name.
" I felt so awful and miserable being there in that way, " she says. " By the end of the
day I was exhausted; I felt like I was putting on a show all day long. "
But there was a bright side to the office visit: Sarah noticed many rainbow and ally
flags at co-workers' desks. Back home, she pulled up the intranet site of her employer,
Willis Towers Watson, a multinational insurance brokerage and advisory firm, and
read through its 19-page document guiding trans employees through transitioning on
the job. " I thought, 'All right, this is the kind of place where I can come out,'  " she says.
More and more businesses-sometimes incited by forward-thinking leadership
and sometimes pushed by new laws, decisive court cases, and an evolving culture-
are becoming the " kind of place " that champions diversity and inclusivity, particularly for trans employees like Sarah. According to the Human Rights Campaign's
2020 Corporate Equality Index, 91% of Fortune 500 companies now have gender
identity protections in their nondiscrimination policies. That's up from 3% in 2002.

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