Today, we’re celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Visibility can help destigmatize transgender identities and open people’s minds. Although visibility is fundamental to changing the attitudes of society, what the trans community needs now more than visibility are rights, protection, justice, and acceptance.
Legislative attacks against the transgender community, particularly against trans youth, have increased over the last year. As of March 15, nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills have been filed in the U.S. About 65% of the proposed measures are anti-trans, according to an NBC News analysis. At Yelp, we condemn actions that are designed to silence and discriminate against LGBTQ+ youth, and we stand with and support our employees that may be affected.
Coming Out as Gen: A Personal Account of Transitioning at Yelp
Genevieve S. has bounced between software engineering and engineering management over six years and three teams. For her, coming out entailed informing an extensive network of colleagues. “I knew that this announcement would come as a big surprise for most of them,” Gen writes.
Supporting Transgender Equality At Yelp
Over the years, we’ve made sure to use our own platform to support trans equity. We rolled out a business attribute that allows businesses to highlight that they offer gender-neutral restrooms for patrons. We also partnered with Open To All to help consumers find businesses that are safe and welcoming for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion, or disability. Additionally, Yelp has supported the trans and non-binary community by signing on to various amicus briefs, open letters, and coalitions.
We’ve created Trans*Mission, Yelp’s newest employee resource group, to provide a safe space for our transgender and non-binary community to share experiences and connect with each other. Trans*Mission is also a place for allies to support our trans and non-binary community.