Getting support as a transgender, Two-Spirit, and non-binary employee

At UBC, diversity is foundational to excellence in research, education, and engagement.

Respect and support for transgender, Two-Spirit, and non-binary (T2SNB) staff and faculty are central to success and wellbeing. This resource provides information about what you can expect in terms of getting support at work, wherever you are in your journey.

Coming out at work is a personal decision. We recognize that there are unique needs of T2SNB employees before, during, and after coming out at work. Managers have access to information about how to create an inclusive environment, whether or not they know of someone being T2SNB. In particular, they have tools to support an employee-driven process during the coming out process, including education and communication plans to share as little as much as an employee wants. Based on the employee’s input, managers and human resources professionals are also ready to help with updates across systems.

Toolkit for employees

If you are looking for resources and supports as a T2SNB employee, view the T2SNB Employee toolkit (PDF).

T2SNB Employee toolkit

If you would like to provide feedback on the contents of the toolkit, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via a brief, anonymous survey.

The toolkit above provides answers to frequently asked questions common among T2SNB employees, such as: 
  • What if a colleague or student is struggling with my pronouns?
  • What do I do to address frequently being challenged by other facility users in washrooms?
  • What if I encounter systems limitations (e.g. public exposure of my legal first name)?
  • What can I expect when I want to share a new first name and/or pronouns at work?
The toolkit also provides information about resources available locally, including:
  • Equity & Inclusion Office resources
  • Indigenous-specific supports
  • Peer supports
  • Counselling supports

Managers and supervisors are being provided with their own toolkit to learn and grow their competence for greater inclusion and support of gender diversity at UBC. The Equity and Inclusion Office and HR will continue to collaborate to ensure ongoing support and inclusion to T2SNB employees.

Information for managers

This page provides resources for T2SNB employees. Related resources specifically for managers and supervisors are available on the Providing support for T2SNB employees page (CWL required). 

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