This course follows the journey of transgender consultant Rachel Reese through her transition from male to female and explores key aspects of what it means to be transgender today.
Rachel tells her personal story, starting with her early childhood and taking us through her years in education and her professional career, to her exploration of her trans identity and her eventual transition.
The course provides a powerful personal perspective on what it’s like to be transgender, examining the issues that transgender people can face both in their personal and professional lives and looking at how the law protects transgender people in the UK. It also explains key transgender terminology and looks at aspects of gender transitioning, such as gender affirmation surgery and other common surgical procedures. To conclude the course, Rachel sets out good practice guidelines for employers on creating a trans-friendly workplace.
The overall aim of the course is to help you to become more trans-aware and understand what you can do to support transgender friends, colleagues and customers.
What are the requirements?
No pre-work is required.
What am I going to get from this course?
This course will help you to:
Who is the target audience?
Anyone who wants to find out more about what it means to be transgender and how to be more trans-aware.
Course duration: 1 hour
Rachel describes her early years and childhood experiences, including her first awareness of being 'different' from other children and her confusion over her gender identity.
Rachel describes her experience of higher education, including transphobic bullying and aggressive attitudes from her peers at school and her more positive experiences in further education.
Rachel describes the various stages of her professional life and how being transgender affected her progress and career decisions.
Rachel discusses her eventual diagnosis of gender dysphoria and her personal and professional dilemmas around transitioning.
Rachel explains the lead-up to her gender affirmation surgery, how she broke the news to her family and friends and prepared herself before undergoing the procedure and embarking on her recovery period and final transition to life as a woman.
Rachel explains the various different surgical procedures that male-to-female transsexuals can undergo.
Rachel sets out how she approached her employer after her gender affirmation surgery and how she prepared for her return to work.
Rachel explains how she worked with her employer to make her return to work post-operation as seamless and pain-free as possible.
Rachel sets out the various steps she needed to take to get her life in order after her transition, such as name changes, applying for a new passport, obtaining a new birth certificate and changing tax and pension details.
Rachel brings us up to the present day in her journey and explains what her life is like ten years on from her transition.
In this lecture Rachel sets out six key ways in which employers can become trans-friendly and support their trans employees, clients and customers.
Rachel gives her final thoughts about being transgender and what both employers and society at large can do to be more trans-aware.
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In the 80’s, Rachel Reese started her career within the defence industry as an avionics software engineer. She later moved into HR where she undertook the recruitment and training of graduates and apprentices.
During the 90’s, she decided to follow her brother and sister in to law and successfully completed her law society exams, it was during this time that she was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria. As a result of this condition, instead of working within a law firm, something she considered impossible as a “trans” individual back then, she joined The College of Law and later “transitioned” there.
Rachel recently left her role as Interim Production Director from the University to pursue a career in Diversity. She currently runs a trans- consultancy that helps companies become trans-friendly