Welcome to PIOW’s Trans Inclusion Resource Hub. On this page, you’ll find a video playlist with full event recordings and highlights, recent blog posts addressing trans equity and inclusion, answers to DEI & community FAQs, and a list nonprofit organizations working to support transgender communities across New England and beyond. Scroll to learn more or click below to jump to each section:
Spotlighting: Visibility and Joy
On Transgender Day of Visibility and year-round, we celebrate our trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse community members.
For the purposes of this resource page, we’ll primarily use the terms “trans” and “non-binary” to refer to folks who identify as transgender or hold an identity that can be recognized as part of the broader trans community. Some of these identities include, but are not limited to, transmasc, transfem, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender diverse, gender expansive, two-spirit, and androgynous.
PIOW Trans Inclusion Video Playlist
Pride in Our Workplace produces several virtual education panels and interview series each year. If you missed any of our transgender and non-binary inclusion programming or if you need a refresher, you will find all of our videos on this topic in the playlist to the right.
PIOW Trans Inclusion Blog Posts
FAQ: Trans Resource Recommendations
Workplace Equity, Inclusion, and Allyship
Transgender Workplace Inclusion Toolkit
If you’re looking for a high-level summary of the best practices essential to creating an inclusive workplace for trans and non-binary employees, we recommend our own trans workplace inclusion panel series and resources.
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive toolkit with sample policy templates and assessment tools, we recommend downloading HRC’s Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: A Toolkit for Employers.
Non-binary Workplace Inclusion
We recommend Out&Equal’s Best Practices for Non-binary Inclusion in the Workplace guide. This PDF breaks down non-binary inclusion topics into the categories of gender-neutral language, records and policies, dress codes, facilities, ERG engagement, talent acquisition, and allyship.
Out&Equal offers our favorite guide for anyone hoping to learn more about pronouns and why they matter. Check out What’s Your Pronoun? Strategies for Inclusion in the Workplace for best practices in asking and offering pronouns, updating corporate email signatures, and scripted examples of everyday conversations.
Looking for additional resources? Go to MyPronouns.org to explore answers to frequently asked questions at your own pace.
Coming Out and Transitioning at Work
The journey of “coming out” or “transitioning” is unique to each person who chooses to share their identity with those around them. For those looking for general guidance, we recommend HRC’s Coming Out: Living Authentically as Transgender or Non-Binary.
For reading specific to coming out at work, HRC addresses applying for jobs, creating an action plan, and coming out to coworkers in its Transitioning in the Workplace: A Guide for Trans Employees blog post.
Data-Driven Action Items for Businesses
In 2021, Out Leadership released The Business Leader’s Guide to Trans Equality in the U.S.. This report defines terms relevant to the trans experience, provides data points that illustrate the lived inequities faced by trans individuals, and applies this data to inform recommended best practices for corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
For organizations: Transgender-Inclusive Benefits for Employees and Dependents
For trans individuals: Getting Your Health Care Covered: a Guide for Transgender People
Additional reading: Transgender-Inclusive Benefits: Are My Employer’s Benefits Inclusive?
Rights and Protections
Legal Protections by Topic
Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Toolkit – A Legal Guide for Trans People and Their Advocates – covering restroom access, health care, workplace rights, marriage laws, incarceration, immigration issues, and student rights
Legal Protections by State
GLAD Transgender Rights Overview – broken down into discrimination, ID documents, gender neutral markets, public accommodations, heath care, and student rights across states in the northeast US
The Transgender Law Center lists employment nondiscrimination laws by state with links to each legal code and sites where employees can file discrimination complaints.
Right to Health Care
Workplace Rights and Legal Protections
Lambda Legal’s Workplace Rights and Wrongs Booklet
Not finding what you’re looking for? Try reaching out to the Transgender Law Center legal helpdesk.
Click here to view current legislation in the US targeting transgender individuals.
Lived Realities of Trans Communities
I AM: Trans People Speak
I AM: Trans People Speak is a video project raising awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities. It gives a voice to transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
Honoring Transgender Day of Visibility and Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), observed March 31, is a day where communities come together to honor and celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming people. Click here for ways that organizations can honor their employees on TDOV and year-round.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), observed November 20, honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Learn more about TDOR here.
Fatal Violence Report (2021 – 2022)
Community Need Assessments + Stats
LGBTQ+ & Transgender 101
Identity Document Assistance
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition provides a guide to correcting identity documents in MA. They are also partnering with Namesake Collaborative to create a platform that will streamline the gender marker and legal name change process.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Call (877) 565-8860 or visit them online.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. Chat with a trained counselor via call or text.
Live Another Day is dedicated to providing equal access to life-saving substance abuse and mental health resources. The site features QTBIPOC recovery guide as well as curated lists of the top-rated rehab centers throughout the country.
Detox Local acts as a resource with extensive information on safely quitting drugs and alcohol, as well as guides for QTPOC and LGBTQ folx.
Locate drug rehab facilities near you that provide LGBTQIA+ clients with an inclusive and accepting place for addiction recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance abuse, sexual health and mental health.
Best Practices for Reporting
If you’re writing a story about trans folks, make sure to check out GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide with best practices in writing respectful and authentic articles about the trans experience.
For more on how to write about instances of fatal violence, we recommend reading GLAAD’s Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime.
Trans and LGBTQ+ Stock Photos
Get the latest trans inclusion resources sent to your inbox.
Featured Community Organizations
Are there resources that we should add to this page? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with content or resource recommendations.