Information for Commanders and Supervisors of Transgender People

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We have online training available that goes into more detail about this topic. It's free to take, and if you register and complete all the assessments, you'll get a certificate of completion at the end. Visit our eLearning centre

Resources

The Defence Guide for Commanders and Managers and Workplace Transition Guide is an excellent start for how you can create an inclusive environment for transgender people, and supporting people who are transitioning gender.

Transgender people often fear telling others that they have gender dysphoria, or may be undergoing gender transition. This can stem from what may seem like a harmless joke in the workplace, to broader vilification, hatred, and bullying. 

Undergoing realignment is a very personal matter because it affects a person's body. As a commander / manager, it is important that you make a commitment to keep the matter private until your subordinate is ready to disclose their plans for gender transition with others.

A Commander and Supervisor sets the tone and culture for their unit, and this can heavily positively influence the success of a person undergoing gender transition in the workplace.

DEFGLIS has developed the 3R Model to help contextualise the broad phases gender transition. These phases are realisation - realignment - resolution.

Realisation

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Realisation.  A member may seek out and question their gender identity for a variety of reasons. They may have lived for a long or short period of time experiencing concern or distress about their bodies and sex at birth. A member may seek out other transgender personnel to compare what they are feeling with the experiences of others. The process of questioning, seeking out more information, comparing themselves to others to may have been in a similar situation, and/or seeking medical or mental health advice are all elements that may form part of a person coming to the realisation that their gender identity is not matched to their sex at birth.

In many cases, this causes a person anxiety, stress, distress or other health issues. This could be the result of feeling like a person is living a lie and is not able to be genuine with those around them. A specialist medical practitioner is typically consulted, and a person who experiences these symptoms should consult with a medical practitioner for further advise. A specialist medical practitioner is able to provide a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and explore treatment options with transgender people.

 

 

 

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