Organization to address employment and career advancement for transgender people

The Association of Transgender Professionals (ATP), a not-for-profit organization serving people with non-conforming gender expressions and identities who seek to advance their professional careers, has been endorsed by a national advisory board of voluntary leaders and allies, and will officially launch this week. Led by Executive Director Denise Norris, ATP will encourage networking and mentoring to strengthen careers and promote the next generation of leaders.

"Our belief is that in the setting of the workplace it should not matter why or how an employee expresses their gender," said Norris. "What ultimately matters is that the employee can fulfill the duties of the job for which they were hired.”

According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender respondents experienced unemployment at twice the national rate, with rates for transgender people of color at four times the national rate. Nearly half of respondents reported experiencing an adverse job outcome, such as being fired, not hired or denied a promotion, because of being transgender or gender non-conforming.  

ATP's official launch will take place at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, where the organization will be sponsoring a workshop titled, "Trans Employment Law 101 - How To Protect Yourself From Discrimination." ATP has received start-up funding from the Palette Fund, and has also been awarded a matching challenge grant by the Calamus Foundation for $25,000. 

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