Being Out Improves Transgender Employees’ Happiness And Commitment To Job

A new study from Rice and Pennsylvania State universities shows how transsexual employees (transgender employees who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery) benefit from being out about their identities in the workplace. The more open study participants were, the happier and more productive they were at work, and they also benefited from being out to family and friends. When work environments are less welcome, productivity declines. This study mirrors research about sexual orientation that shows similar benefits to being out in the workplace. If Congress were to pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), all LGBT employees could be safely out at work without fear of losing their jobs.