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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419673289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419673283
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paisley Currah, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, has hailed the book as "an essential resource for HR professionals." Dr. Currah, who is the Founder and Board Member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, and Editorial Board Member of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, as well as former Executive Director of the Center For Lesbian and Gay Studies, is well qualified to make this assessment. He has endorsed Dr. Weiss's text as a "clear, up-to-date, step by step guide for employers in supporting their transgender employees." -- Dr. Paisley Currah, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College

About the Author

Dr. Jillian T. Weiss has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy & Society. Currently Associate Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, she has conducted research involving hundreds of companies and public agencies that have adopted "gender identity" policies. She publishes a popular blog on the subject of Transgender Workplace Diversity, and has published several articles on the subject of gender identity, which may be found at her Ramapo College website. Dr. Weiss is also Principal Consultant for Jillian T. Weiss & Associates, a consulting firm that works with organizations on transgender workplace diversity issues. She consults with corporations, law firms, diversity trainers and governmental organizations regarding training, policy development and communications strategies in the area of gender transition. Dr. Weiss has worked successfully with Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies during the past few years. Her work has been featured in news stories by the Associated Press, the Society for Human Resource Management, Workforce Management Magazine, and HR Executive Magazine.

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Dr. Weiss has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy & Society. Currently Associate Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, she has conducted research involving hundreds of companies and public agencies that have adopted "gender identity" policies. She publishes a popular blog on the subject of Transgender Workplace Diversity, and has published several articles on the subject of gender identity, which may be found at her Ramapo College website.

Dr. Weiss is also Principal Consultant for Jillian T. Weiss & Associates, a consulting firm that works with organizations on transgender workplace diversity issues. She consults with corporations, law firms, diversity trainers and governmental organizations regarding training, policy development and communications strategies in the area of gender transition. Dr. Weiss has worked successfully with Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies during the past few years. Her work has been featured in news stories by the Associated Press, the Society for Human Resource Management, Workforce Management Magazine, and HR Executive Magazine.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz Winfeld on October 21, 2007
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Dr. Jillian Weiss has produced a fantastic tool to help individuals in any or all sorts of organizations prepare for an employee's transtion at work. She covers all of the bases from the historical to those related to best practices, and she also takes time to speak to employees in transition about what they can/should to manifest a successful transition in their workplace. The only words of caution I'd offer are that, as Dr. Weiss is a lawyer, her book is heavy on the law. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it certainly sets the stage for the world in which we must operate when addressing these issues, but as is the case when one does this, the information might not be as current now as when Dr. Weiss wrote it. The other caution has to do with the models she presents for working through a transition. The models are valid, but an organization would have to massage them to make sure they fit with their organizational theme or ways of doing things. Other than those cautions, this is a fantastic and valuable tool...comprehensive, complete and easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoyalP on June 3, 2013
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The book is amazing. Extremely informative. I love the way it starts with some basic information to help you understand the rest of the book. Very helpful!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.P. Elfore on June 11, 2009
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The thing that's great about this book is that it doesn't waste time trying to justify the TS's existence. It simply lays out, in terms that business people can understand and respect, why it's in a company's best interest to discourage workplace discrimination against trans people, and how to go about the process of guiding an employee's coming out in such a way as to minimize negative effects on the workplace. It may not be a warm and fuzzy book, but it also won't make you look like a kook or a flake.

Just keep in mind that the suggestions made are only a guideline, and may need to be tweaked, or negotiated to insure the best coming out process for you and the people you work with.
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I used this book in my own workplace transition. The author states this book was not for me, the transgendered person to read, but to give to my Human Resource people to help them.

HR ended up buying 3 copies as three people were involved and I had a copy as well. I used it like a reference book, didn't read the whole thing, as I don't have a legal or HR background I am a technical person.

I found the sample letter written for the transgendered person to write to her coworkers EXTREMELY helpful. I basically took it and personalized it with my own thoughts, feelings, and circumstances and my coworkers appreciated the letter very much.

My company followed the transition process in the book and although I am the 1st transgender employee at a rather company it all went smoothly.

I would recommend this book for anyone who plans to stay at her workplace while transitioning.
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