Toxic workplaces

I’ve said many times that I live an unusually charmed life compared to many trans people, the majority of whom are not middle-aged, middle-class media freelancers. A new workplace survey of trans people by YouGov demonstrates that for those people, things aren’t great.

The study found:

  • 65% of trans employees hide their trans status at work, up from 52% in 2016;
  • 56% of trans employees aren’t out to their colleagues;
  • 32% have experienced workplace bullying or insults from colleagues;
  • 50% say they’ve concealed their trans status when looking for jobs;
  • 25% have been socially excluded by colleagues;
  • 27% have experienced discrimination or abuse from colleagues outside work;
  • 6% have been physically abused or threatened in the workplace.

There are some small indications of positive progress, though. Of those people who are out at work:

  • 51% said colleagues responded positively, up from 50% in 2016.
  • 5% experienced a negative reaction from colleagues, down from 10% in 2016.