Employer Calls With Concerns of Employee's Gender Identity Crisis

Dear Friends:

I just got off the phone with an employer who believes one of his employees is in crisis due to their issues with their gender identity. The employee has exhibited behaviors that indicate they need help and support and feel as though they have no one to talk with. It sounded like a crisis situation.

Thankfully I could refer them to ROSMY and the Fan Free Clinic. And, thankfully I have no concern that both organizations will be responsive and supportive and give this person, who we can all identify with, the care they need.

I shared with the employer how fortunate his employee was to have such a caring boss. Many employers would have fired this young person. It is still legal in Virginia to do that, but thankfully, in this instance, the company is run by someone other than bigots.

Calls such as the one I received today are far from uncommon. Our staff social worker, Debra Terry, hears from folks seeking help every day.

The call this morning was yet another reminder that there is still much work to do. It is only because of your support that Diversity Richmond is still here. Thank you for making it possible for us to continue our mission work of serving the LGBT+ community, one person at a time. If you know of anyone going through something like this, please have them reach out.


Bill Harrison
President and Executive Director