Yes, they exist, the flagship careers of women and men who have managed to achieve self-determination and identity and retain their leadership positions in organisations and companies despite being trans people.
Even at the relevant LGBTI career fairs like the “Sticks&Stones”, the rainbow colours shine from every presentation. The visitors are impressed, not to say thrilled. All the big brands are represented – retail chains, telecommunication giants, pharmaceutical companies, luxury labels…..and they all emphasise it in unison:
WE WANT YOU!
Phew, that’s a load off a woman’s/man’s mind. They want me! That rarely happens when you are “trans”.
The personal experience is then clearly different.
And now a new study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), together with the University of Bielefeld, confirms a very frightening result:
40% of trans people are bullied and/or sexually harassed at work.
Phew, that’s strong stuff and unfortunately corresponds to the personal experiences of many of those affected. As a result, many trans people still shy away from finally coming out. They cling to the double life for fear of the consequences for their careers, with all the negative effects on their well-being and happiness in life.
Where is it – our liberal attitude to life?
Where is it – our right to self-determination?
Is our society about to take a step backwards – a shift to the right back to darker times?
It´s a fact:
There is much to do!
ALL people who care about a free society without discrimination MUST stick together now.
It is everyone’s responsibility in their workplace and personal environment to reject discrimination against trans people in any form.
These can be small, biting remarks, nasty jokes, derogatory and insulting words and terms, whispering and gossip!
If you hear and see discrimination against other people around you, then YOU must speak up and speak out NOW, HERE, TODAY.
When no one joyns at the collective gossip of everyday discrimination then it will stop of its own accord!
Everyday discrimination is the breeding ground for discrimination, exclusion, bullying and sexual harassment.
Today it’s your colleague who is being hounded and kicked, tomorrow it could be you, because the eternally outdated and right-wing agitators don’t like your nose.
Those who remain passively silent when others are being talked about are complicit and partly responsible!
By the way:
Our SK Welcome Home Foundation has dedicated itself to precisely this issue:
Career and career maintenance SHOULD be possible for every trans person as a matter of course.
There is a lot to do – in the companies, in the boardrooms, in the personnel offices, but above all in the interpersonal relationships.
Let’s get it on!
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