The Association of Transgender Professionals is a newly established group to support acceptance and inclusion of transgender people in the workplace.
In a recent survey, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 90% of trans people have felt somehow harassed at work. This group will work to educate people about the issues their trans coworkers might face and provide resources so trans professionals can succeed in their fields.
“ATP’s vision is to create inclusion for gender expression for all employees,” the association’s founding director, Denise Norris, said in a statement released on the organization’s Facebook page. “Our belief is that in the setting of the workplace it should not matter why or how an employee expresses their gender. What ultimately matters is that the employee can fulfill the duties of the job for which they were hired.”
The new association will focus on three main goals: acceptance, talent, and placement, or A.T.P. It will help promote the inclusion of gender-expression diversity in the workplace to increase awareness and equality, provide professional development and networking opportunities for transgender individuals, and help develop better recruitment methods so employers can tap the talent of this community.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Why wasn’t this already a thing?!
“Getting back to Costco: the abstract theorizing that MBA students learn in microeconomics courses often has little relevance to practical business situations. The simplified textbook models do teach the lesson that policies like unions and the minimum wage are wrong — that message comes through loud and clear. Economics as it’s taught in most American colleges today encourages poor labor practices. No wonder why Costco prefers its own cart-pushers to fancy MBA bean counters. Costco’s business model relies on investing in its workers. It’s one you won’t find in a standard MBA textbook, and yet it is paying off in spades for stockholders, employees, and customers alike. Maybe they know something that the management consultant class doesn’t. And maybe it’s about time the rest of corporate America start paying attention.”