Although transgender workers face steep barriers, corporate America wants to hire them

Los Angeles Times 
by Melissa Gomez
April 8, 2019


While working at a hair salon in Santa Monica, Ryan Blake played a role.

Blake recalls acting like a “stereotypical gay dude” at the business, not a 22-year-old gender nonbinary individual who doesn’t necessarily identify as either male or female, which can find expression in pronoun usage or dress.

It’s not “he” or “him.” Blake uses “they” or “them.”

“I knew in my heart that if I came into work like this,” said Blake — gesturing to their black cardigan, black skirt, tights and heeled boots — “it would be a problem.”

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