Amid a wave of new anti-trans state laws, Transcendence is a series centering the lived experience and resilience of trans youth. In this reported op-ed, transgender musician, writer, performance artist and comedienne Polly Anna Rocha writes about what a Supreme Court ruling and the coronavirus mean for trans people at work.
By now, you and I and everyone else knows all the clichés and stigmas around women constantly chatting with each other.
Guidance protecting trans employees disappeared over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sorry for not writing anything personal the past few days, I’ve been working on my resume and cover letter.
“Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals resoundingly said that discriminating against someone because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual is also a form of sex discrimination. As one judge said, ‘It would require considerable calisthenics to remove the ‘sex’ from ‘sexual orientation.’’”
Hopes and dreams are wonderful things. They can help guide your steps, show you possibilities, and keep you inspired. There is just one little problem, for them to be of any use to you they need to be brought to reality, and reality has a nasty way of shredding your hopes and dreams.
Not to despair, it is still possible to reach even the loftiest of goals, it just takes time, effort, dedication and more times than not, money.
Such is the case with changing your name. There is, unfortunately, two different ways to change your name, one comes backed by the power of law and the other… well it and a dollar might buy you a bottle of water…
(Actually, the other way is to simply begin using your chosen name in an everyday manner. To have your family, friends and coworkers call you what you wish. To begin signing, (non legally binding), documents and papers. Sort of like using a nickname instead of your proper name.)
Sadly, this isn’t thought of as a ‘legal’ name change. The sort you may wish for when you begin transition. Being legally binding means you can use it for all of your identification and documentation such as a driver’s license, social security, insurance, benefits, (and most importantly, taxes.)
It is what you need to keep your HR department happy with you at your place of employment. Not to mention various supervisors, leads, foremen, and anyone else you may have contact with.
A legal name change requires filling out a ton of paperwork, paying a fee, going to court to ask a judge to allow the change, then going to various other agencies to get everything changed, social security card, driver’s license or state ID, back accounts, credit cards, and anything else you can think of.
“Many of the 700,000 transgender people in the U.S. are forced to make careful calculations about what to say—and how to look—at work “