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Trans-friendly Guidelines for Singapore Employers

The following list of trans-friendly guidelines has been created by the Singapore transgender community as a reference for local companies to work into their company HR policies and managerial training. While Queer-friendly guidelines are available internationally, trans-specific recommendations are often missed out due to under-representation in companies. If you are interested to be listed as a trans-friendly company, or have a job vacancy to share, kindly write to us at contacttransgendersg@gmail.com.

Dos

  1. Ask for and respect the use of pronouns, including they/them.
  2. For HR to add pronouns or salutations to official sign-offs, with managers also highly encouraged to express their allyship publicly in this small show of support.
  3. Allow employees to access toilets of the gender they identify with, or have gender-neutral facilities.
  4. Consider a gender-neutral dress code or uniform. Focus on a professional or neat appearance. instead of specifying gendered restrictions (e.g. long hair, makeup, specific clothing).
  5. Adopt gender-neutral language: for example, using “they” instead of “his/hers” in communications or when you are unsure about the right pronoun to use for someone.
  6. Ensure all HR and managers go through a form of trans-inclusivity and sensitisation training.
  7. Be publicly trans-inclusive on your careers website, job application process & application forms. e.g. include gender identity in diversity statements, and have a non-binary option in forms asking for gender.
  8. Update harassment & anti-bullying policies to be gender and trans-inclusive.
  9. Be considerate of gender identity in HR processes. Safeguard gender identity data and don’t out trans employees without their consent.
  10. Include coverage for transition healthcare in company insurance plans.
  11. Enable minority communities to network to help close up on blind spots.
  12. Include a glossary of sensitive terms to the company dictionary.

Don’ts

  1. Ask them if they are trans if they are not publicly out or have not shared that information with you.
  2. Ask them to use the handicapped toilets.
  3. Ask them about their genitals or what surgeries they’ve had.
  4. Ask them for their “real” name.
  5. Ask them how do they have sex.
  6. Ask them “are you an it, he or her?”

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