Problems faced by Transgender Persons in their Professional Progression

Muhammad Amin, Humera Amin, Sumera Rashid


The purpose of this study was to investigate the problems faced by transgender persons in their professional progression. The current study used a phenomenological approach in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the problems encountered by transgendered people in their professional progression. Ten semi-structured in-depth phenomenological interviews were conducted to collect data for this study. Snowball sampling technique was used to find out the transgender participants for data collection. Ten transgender participants were selected using snowball sampling technique. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Six key themes emerged from the qualitative data analysis, including finding employment, maintaining relationships with heads and colleagues, hesitation in participation in official meetings, going outside with coworkers/colleagues, harassment, violence and bullying, and mental health. This study found that transgender individuals are less likely to obtain jobs than other genders and are less likely to attend official meetings. They also encounter difficulties in developing and sustaining relationships with coworkers and suffer from mental health issues. They were subjected to harassment, violence, and bullying. The findings emphasize the importance of promoting an inclusive, violence-free environment where transgender persons feel secure and flourish freely without fear of rejection by their colleagues. It is needed to improve the workplace atmosphere and reduce transgender harassment. Relevant guidelines and anti-bullying policies might be implemented to keep transgender persons safe in organizations.

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