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Conversations in Trans Inclusion:
Supporting Transgender Employees

About This Event

According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, in the United States, approximately 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender individuals frequently encounter disproportionate challenges and disparities in various aspects of life, including employment, where they experience elevated rates of discrimination, harassment, and even job loss compared to their cisgender counterparts.

In the most extensive survey of transgender discrimination ever facilitated, with over 6,400 national respondents, the National LGBTQ Task Force found that 90% of transgender individuals experienced harassment or mistreatment on the job, and nearly half (47%), reported facing negative job consequences, including termination, rejection during hiring, or being denied promotions. Twenty-six (26%) of respondents said that they had actually lost a job due to being transgender or gender non-conforming.

How can organizations ensure their environment creates a space for belonging for transgender individuals?

Here’s what the data says…

  • Supporting transgender employees not only improves job satisfaction and well-being, but also positively impacts organizational performance, fostering a more inclusive and innovative work environment.
  • Trans-inclusive workplace policies reduce turnover rates and absenteeism, demonstrating the economic benefits of creating an inclusive and supportive environment for transgender employees.
  • When companies actively support transgender employees through policies and resources, they are more likely to attract and retain a diverse and highly skilled workforce, ultimately enhancing their competitiveness in the market.

In our panel discussion, people3 will bring in experts to tackle the pressing challenges affecting transgender individuals within organizations. They will share valuable insights on effective strategies, best practices, and critical data related to supporting transgender employees. Panelists will also illuminate recent policy changes affecting transgender rights in the workplace, and explore the intersection of mental health and the transgender experience in organizations.

Event Details


Tuesday, November 14th, 2023


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST


Laura Grafham Knapp (She/Her)
Owner and Lead Clinician,
Open Door Counseling

Heather Gee-Thomas (She/Her)
Founding Partner,
G Squared Wireless

Brian Sullivan (He/Him)
Sully Public Relations
Nashville Co-Chair,
Tennessee Equality Project

Karl S Bolton (She/They)
Drug & Alcohol Counselor + Private Practice Owner,
Karl Bolton Counseling

Ray Holloman (He/Him)
Sr. Program Manager, Enterprise Disaster Recovery, at
of the TN Transgender Task Force

Olivia Hill (She/Her)
Council Member at Large,
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County


Zarita Fears (She/Her)
Sr. DEI Specialist,