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Want to find transgender-friendly jobs? Follow this guide for a safe, successful career path

Robyn Exton

May 17, 2023

Want to find transgender-friendly jobs? Follow this guide for a safe, successful career path

Being transgender is a unique and beautiful experience on its own, but we are aware that in today’s society, there might be some challenges, and not only when it comes to trans dating!

The job market can be rough, especially when you’re part of the LGBTQIA+ community. If you’re a trans person on the hunt for a new job, we know that there are often added layers that go into your search — a safe and inclusive work culture, the right benefits, working alongside or under people who are actually decent people, nondiscrimination policies that take your wellbeing and health into consideration, fair wages… the list goes on. 

That’s why we wanted to offer some additional support and help you navigate your way toward a safe and successful career at a place where you’ll be allowed to be exactly who you are. Ready to get into it?

Finding a great job as a trans person

Let’s be real, being trans in the workplace can be a challenge. From facing discrimination to harassment and a lack of gender-inclusive policies, it can feel like the deck is stacked against you. But fear not! Remember you have the right to ask for the accommodations and benefits you need, and allies have the duty to make those needs become a reality, by staying informed and, of course, our supporting our trans friends.

To combat discrimination, employers need to create inclusive policies and training programs that educate all employees on trans issues. And let’s not forget about the importance of gender-inclusive healthcare benefits and providing safe spaces for trans folks to seek support and guidance.

Need some extra help in knowing what exactly to look for, and what everything means? Let us help! 

Healthcare and other trans-friendly benefits to look out for

  • Gender-Affirming Healthcare: You know what you need, and you need it covered! Look for bosses that offer health insurance plans that cover gender-affirming healthcare like hormone therapy and surgeries.
  • Mental Health Services: Your mind needs love too! Find a workplace offering mental health services like therapy and counseling to ensure your head stays in the game.
  • Transition Support: There are plenty of ways a job can provide ease against dysphoria, including transition support programs like hair removal, voice therapy, and gender-neutral restrooms.
  • Non-Discrimination Policies: Prioritize working for a company that has your back! Seek employers with non-discrimination policies that protect trans folks from harassment and discrimination.
  • Employee Resource Groups: Workers are stronger together! Connect with other trans employees and allies in the workplace by joining Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that focus on LGBTQIA+ issues. These groups offer a safe space to share experiences and find support.

Remember, your health and happiness are top priorities. Be bold, ask potential employers about their benefits and policies, and advocate for yourself if you need accommodations or support. You deserve a boss who has your best interests in mind!

What else can help make work better for a trans person?

You’ll need your ride or die in the workplace — get yourself some work besties! Allies can provide emotional support, guidance, and advocacy. Maybe befriend a senior coworker since mentors can offer career advice and help us build professional networks. 

A safe space to share experiences, seek advice, and build community can make all the difference!

And to all the bosses out there: creating a safe and inclusive workplace isn’t just good for trans folks – it’s good for everyone! When trans individuals feel valued and respected in the workplace, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated. 

Plus, inclusive workplaces attract and retain a diverse workforce, which leads to more significant innovation and creativity.

Source: LA Times

The best jobs for transgender folk

Now it’s time to get to the good stuff – finding a safe job! Check out job search websites that prioritize inclusive hiring practices, such as TransWork. Their mission is to “[fill] a critical gap for addressing un- and under-employment by connecting transgender and gender non-binary job seekers and entrepreneurs to a network of supportive employers and business partners.”

Advocacy groups like the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender Law Center offer job search assistance and legal resources for fighting discrimination. 

Remember, you can always connect with LGBTQIA+ community organizations and support groups in your area for additional resources and support – trust that they’ve got your back!

Top industries for trans people

When it comes to finding trans-friendly job positions, some industries and roles are particularly groovy. Here are some fab options to consider:

  • Non-profit organizations: Non-profits fight for social justice causes and promote diversity and inclusion. From administrative roles to program managers, there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference and be a part of something greater.
  • Human resources: As companies recognize the importance of creating inclusive and supportive workplaces, HR positions focused on diversity and inclusion are increasing. These roles involve developing policies and practices that support the LGBTQIA+ community and training employees and managers to be influential allies.
  • Healthcare: Many trans folks have a passion for healthcare and helping others, and there are a variety of healthcare positions that can be particularly trans-friendly. Think of roles like therapists, social workers, nurses, healthcare administrators, and support staff.
  • Creative industries: The creative industries, including fashion, graphic design, and music, are about self-expression and celebrating diversity. These jobs often require creativity, attention to detail, and collaboration.
  • Technology: The tech industry is all about progress and forward-thinking, and many companies in this sector are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion. From software development to project management, tech roles can be a fantastic option for trans individuals with problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills.

Of course, many other positions can be trans-friendly, so don’t be afraid to explore and find what works best for you! 

Source: LA Times

Trans-friendly companies to work at

Check out these places that are not only great for trans folks but also downright fabulous!


If you’re a trans person looking for a job in the tech industry, Microsoft is the place to be! They have the kick-ass Global LGBTQIA+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft (GLEAM) employee resource group that ensures inclusive and supportive policies and practices. And their healthcare coverage for gender-affirming treatments is top-notch, covering everything from surgeries to hormone therapy. 


Look no further than Salesforce! They have an excellent LGBTQIA+ program called “Outforce,” Their healthcare benefits are super trans-friendly. They even offer mental health services to help you stay happy and healthy at work. And with an active ally network, you’ll never feel alone.


Can’t function without your daily dose of caffeine? You’re in luck – Starbucks is not only a great place to get your coffee fix, but they’re also super supportive of trans rights! They have a partner (employee) resource group for LGBTQIA+ partners called “Starbucks Pride Network” with a catchy slogan, “#ExtraShotOfPride.” 

Their healthcare benefits cover gender-affirming treatments and mental health services. Plus, who wouldn’t want to work for a company that has a mermaid as their logo?

Source: Starbucks Canada


Accenture is a global consulting firm that’s committed to diversity and inclusion. They have employee resource groups that focus on different aspects of diversity, including “Pride at Accenture” for LGBTQIA+ employees. Their healthcare benefits cover everything you need, including gender-affirming care and mental health services.


Apple consistently ranks as one of the most trans-friendly companies in the tech industry, with healthcare benefits that cover gender-affirming care and surgeries. Plus, they have a variety of employee resource groups that focus on diversity and inclusion, including more hiring opportunities.  And let’s be honest, who wants a better discount on their next phone?

Many more companies are thrilled to hire LGBTQIA+ folks; we also recommend that you look into local businesses in your town, or if you have the resources, create your own!

Trans-owned and operated businesses spotlight


TransTape makes the ultimate gender-affirming products from Maine, USA, for trans-masc folks, such as comfortable, long-wear binding tape, packers, skincare, and other accessories. Created by Kaiyote Jackson, the company strives to inspire inclusivity in others. Their impact in the market is noticeable, and they’ll keep growing, so stay tuned on their website and socials to know if they’re looking to hire!

Source: Instagram

Transfigure Print

Transfigure Print is a printing company based in Michigan that makes custom merchandise for our beloved LGBTQIA+ community. 

They do cool stuff like screen printing for apparel, accessories and excellent graphic design. What’s super special about this place is that it was founded by Bailey Sell, a guy living his dream of running his own queer-centered business. Plus, they’re all about giving back to the community, and they donate part of their profits to organizations that support trans and gender non-conforming individuals. 

Even though their team is relatively small, we hope that they make it even bigger and create fantastic, inclusive jobs for trans folks out there.

Source: Transfigure Print

When it comes to finding trans-friendly job opportunities, several fantastic organizations can provide support and resources. Here are a few to check out:

TLDEF is a national organization advancing justice for trans individuals through legal advocacy, education, and community-building. They offer a variety of resources for trans job seekers, including information on legal rights, job search tips, and resources for navigating workplace discrimination.

National LGBTQ Workers Center 

The National LGBTQ Workers Center is a grassroots organization that advocates for the rights of LGBTQIA+ workers. They provide resources and support for trans individuals seeking employment, including job search assistance, resume-building workshops, and training on navigating discrimination in the workplace.

Source: National LGBTQ Workers Center

Transgender Employment Program (TEP)

If you’re in the Bay Area, the Transgender Employment Program is a program of the San Francisco LGBTQIA+ Center that provides job search assistance, career coaching, and training to trans and gender non-conforming individuals. They also offer a variety of workshops and events to help trans job seekers build their skills and network with potential employers.

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates

Out and Equal is a national organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQIA+ equality in the workplace. They offer a variety of resources and tools for trans individuals seeking employment, including job search tips, webinars, and networking events.

Our favorite trans career success stories

Working in a place that actually wants to see you thrive as who you really are is truly wonderful, and there is proof! There are so many trans trailblazers out there making a difference for their peers and colleagues, and you can be one of them too. 

Here are two amazing women who shared their experiences coming out while working in a place that actually supported them:

A barista destined to greatness

“I told my store manager, ‘I’m going to transition, my preferred name is Angel, and my pronouns are she/her.’ [The store manager] shared that with the rest of the team and said, ‘We will honor that, we will respect that, and this isn’t an issue up for debate.’ She embraced me with love. I felt seen by somebody that I admired. She liked my work ethic and saw so many great things in me. Just because I told her I was trans didn’t erase those things. It didn’t change those things about me.”

— Angel, Starbucks store manager and community activist.

Source: Starbucks Stories

After that interaction, Angel continued to grow and pursued her dreams, being selected as the top store manager in her area multiple times, leading conversations at the Starbucks Black Partner Network, organizing toy drives, and being her fabulous, authentic self.

Finding the best support system

“I work for an amazing organization that lifts up trans people, supports them through the transition process, and gives them opportunities.  At Accenture, I can be myself. I’m a little over a year into my journey – and I’m feeling better and better about where I am every day. My colleagues have supported me every step of the way, through the highs and lows, while I found my authentic self.”

— Sarah Weaver, Master Technology Architect and Group Lead of Accenture’s ANZ Technology graduate program.

Source: LinkedIn

With the support of her employer, boss, and team, Sarah could reach the resources she needed to become who she is. She quickly became the face of Accenture’s Trans Awareness Week and an inspiration for others in the company.

We hope this guide has inspired you to seek out companies and organizations prioritizing inclusivity and employee support. 

You deserve to work in a safe, inclusive environment that celebrates your fabulousness! Keep striving towards your career goals, and don’t forget to reach out to allies and support groups for help along the way. 

We can’t wait to see you shine in your new role as the unstoppable, amazing trans professional you are! 

Robyn Exton

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER. Find her on Twitter.

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