On becoming a man: Transgender in the workplace

first_img Inside the struggle to protect transgender inmates from abuse Justice for all “I’m not a boy, but I’m going to be one,” Chris Edwards defiantly told his grandmother at age 5, when she asked “the girls,” including Chris, to come to dinner. “I’m not a girl,” Edwards told her. “Yes, you are,” his grandmother said. “No, I’m not. I’m a boy,” was his response.The next year, when he learned that his cousin Adam had a penis and he did not, Edwards thought he would eventually grow one. When that didn’t happen, he said, “I realized something was terribly, terribly wrong. When puberty hit, I knew that my body had betrayed me in the worst possible way that I could ever imagine.“I knew then that I was stuck being a girl for the rest of my life, and I became deeply, deeply depressed.”And so began Edwards’ journey from female to male, a journey that has included as many as 22 surgeries over five years. Edwards shared his story on Aug. 25 with a packed room at Harvard Hillel for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ summer Diversity Dialogue, “Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace.”In junior high school, Edwards said, “I knew I was attracted to girls, so I thought I must be gay, a very common mistake. A lot of people think that transgender is an extreme form of being gay.” Gender identity and sexual orientation are two completely separate and unrelated things, he said. This was the early ’80s, he went on, and thinking he was gay was traumatic. Later, Edwards decided he would go to college — Colgate University — and after graduation he would kill himself. “The suicide attempt rate for transgender kids is 51 percent,” Edwards said.Graduation came and went, he said, but he could not follow through with killing himself. Fortunately, Edwards, author of a soon-to-be-released memoir, “Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some,” said he found the right therapist. “She helped me realize that I would need a lot of support to get through this,” Edwards said, and convinced him to transition openly to family, friends, and co-workers.Using the skills he learned as an executive at Arnold Worldwide, a Boston-based advertising firm, Edwards decided he would rebrand himself. He said he decided to go from the top down, starting with the Arnold executive board, talking candidly about his transition and responding to any questions asked. He then recruited “brand evangelists” — friends and colleagues who would spread the word to others in the agency.Edwards said his co-workers were overwhelmingly supportive. “Most of them told me how brave I was,” he said. “One gave me a bar mitzvah card that said ‘Today You Are a Man.’” The visible change was gradual. He cut his hair shorter and shorter, and eventually grew a beard. After about two years, he said, one employee told him he did not remember what he looked like before.Edwards said, “Gender identity is defined by what’s inside your brain. I do not let my transition define me. I am not my parents’ transgender child Chris; I am just their son.“I am not transgender anymore,” he said, “I check male.”Joining Edwards for the discussion was Jackie Glenn, vice president/global chief diversity officer for EMC Corp. Her focus was “Transgender in the Workplace: Practical Implications and Advice.” Glenn offered a workplace guide for managers and others to better understand people who are going through a transition.“Sex,” she said, “usually refers to biological and anatomical characteristics, while gender refers to a psychological sense of self and the cultural norms expected of a binary model. Sex and gender are aligned for 95 percent of the population, but not for everyone.” Her “Gender Transition 101” guide offers, among other things, that “transgender is an ‘umbrella’ term for people who express any form of nonbinary gender identity or expression.”She added, “Not all transgender people wish to transition from their [sex] assigned at birth and not all transgender people who do transition will have any surgeries.”Glenn said the first transgender stage is hiding, with confusion and anxiety. The next is self-acceptance of transgender identity. The final stage is transition and acceptance of the post-transition gender and sex identities.Using EMC Corp. as an example of why it is important to work closely and supportively with people going through a transition, Glenn said, “employees who can bring their whole, authentic selves to the workplace and who are included as members of the community make [the workplace] a place where everyone wants to be. This leads to more productive teams who can all make an impact to the bottom line. Employees are then all fully engaged and happy to be [in the workplace].“I hope to see more institutions embracing the diversity of perspectives and experiences that help make our community as strong as it can be,” said Harvard staff member Benjamin Janey. Photo by Eva Rivas“Some are open about their gender identity and expression, while others are not,” she noted. “For some people the process of understanding, accepting, and expressing that they are transgender is a challenging journey.”“Hearing Chris tell his story of transition, authenticity, and the process of rebranding himself was inspiring and engaging,” said Benjamin Janey, production services coordinator at the Memorial Hall/Lowell Hall complex. “Jackie’s experience of institutionalizing acceptance and engagement with transgender persons was similarly encouraging. I hope to see more institutions, [both educational and corporate,] embracing the diversity of perspectives and experiences that help make our community as strong as it can be.”Commenting on the discussion, Heather McCormick, manager of budget operations, FAS Office of Finance, said, “Both speakers were inspiring and successful in starting an important conversation here at Harvard around transgender inclusion. There is so much confusion around what it means to be transgender, which can be a roadblock in allowing people to be truly accepting.“Hearing Chris’s story firsthand highlighted how much I didn’t understand about the issues facing the transgender community, and I appreciated having this opportunity to become more educated and informed on the topic, “ she said.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Relatedlast_img read more

Trump Signs Pandemic Relief Package; $600 Stimulus Checks Included

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals. It also averts a government shutdown.Trump announced the signing in a statement Sunday night.The massive bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits.Also part of the package are $600 stimulus checks that could be hitting Americans’ bank accounts in the coming weeks. “I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed,” Trump said in a statement. “I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement after hearing the news:“It’s an understatement to say that, after a long journey, we are relieved for the American people that the bipartisan emergency COVID-19 relief package has been signed into law,” said Reed. “Help will finally get to millions of struggling American families, small businesses, and communities. We are proud of the critical role that the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus played, working alongside our Senate partners, to help make this possible.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also applauded the development in a Tweet Sunday evening.“I am glad the American people will receive this much-needed assistance as our nation continues battling this pandemic,” he said.Democrats are promising more aid to come once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are signaling a wait-and-see approach.This story was updated to include Congressman Reed’s comments.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Will there be increased on food stamps also?????,Yes, now you’ll be able to buy the food stamps for 3/$1……. INSTEAD of the normal 2/$1last_img read more


first_imgCassava, taro, cowpea: these are the crops that are going fuel the next phase of the green revolution. Today, African researchers are working to develop improved varieties of traditional African crops to meet local food security challenges.Much of this work got its start at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), and the center’s founder, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, will share the lessons he has learned from promoting Africa-centered crop science at the University of Georgia.Danquah will give the keynote address for the Eighth Annual International Agriculture Day celebration on April 17. Hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs, the event and reception are free and open to the public. The event will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Art.Danquah, a professor of plant genetics and director of the Biotechnology Centre at the University of Ghana, founded WACCI in 2007 to train plant breeders to develop improved varieties of the indigenous crops of West and Central Africa. His talk will focus on the role WACCI has played in transforming agriculture in the area and the need to modernize African higher education to train students to solve local food-security problems.According to the WACCI website, Africa’s food-insecure and malnourished population has more than tripled in the past 35 years and now numbers more than 214 million. Because many of the plants grown in sub-Saharan Africa – such as cassava, cocoyam, taro, bambara and cowpea – are of little importance to researchers in the developed world, the majority of crops grown by farmers are unimproved, low-yielding varieties.WACCI, a partnership between the University of Ghana and Cornell University, was originally established with funding from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. It has received additional funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Generation Challenge Program and the German Academic Exchange Service. It also has been recognized by the World Bank as one of 22 Africa Centers of Excellence.Since its inception, WACCI has enrolled 128 doctoral students from 19 African countries. Students learn both classical plant breeding and the complementary molecular biology technologies needed for the efficient development of superior and adaptable crops, Danquah said. Sixty-six of those students have graduated and are now leading plant-breeding programs in national agricultural research institutions in Africa.Four years ago, Danquah established a master’s program in seed science and technology that has attracted nearly 50 students. Under his leadership, WACCI has released three improved maize hybrids for commercialization in Ghana.“The WACCI program is training the next generation of plant scientists from Africa,” said Danquah. He noted that African students bring their expertise back to their home countries when they complete their degrees, counteracting the “brain drain” many rural areas experience when students do not return home after their studies.In addition to Danquah’s talk, the International Agriculture Day program will include a short presentation by an International Agriculture Certificate student about her internship experience at the UGA campus in Costa Rica, scholarship presentations, recognition of graduating International Agriculture Certificate students and the opportunity to choose the winners of the Agriculture Abroad Photo Contest. The reception will feature refreshments by Donderos’ and music by Dan Nettles.For more information on International Agriculture Day and the CAES Office of Global Programs, visit www.global.uga.edu/InternationalAgricultureDay/index.html.last_img read more

Rockville Centre Man Admits Stealing $429K from Dunkin Donuts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Christopher CorteseA Rockville Centre man was sentenced Wednesday to 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in prison for stealing nearly half-a-million dollars from a company that operates more than 50 Dunkin’ Donuts franchises.Christopher Cortese had pleaded guilty at Nassau County court last year to grand larceny. Judge Philip Grella also sentenced the 57-year-old man to pay $429,555.84 in restitution.Prosecutors said Cortese stole that amount from Kainos Partners Holding Company, LLC, of which he was chief financial officer starting in 2005.Cortese had funneled $109,060 to a girlfriend for information technology services that were never performed. He also used company funds to pay for the first car lease payment for her Mercedes Benz and secure her dental benefits, even though she was not an employee. Another girlfriend received $20,000 for services never performed.Cortese also stole $53,500 to pay for a home office, $60,000 in gift cards as well as more than $100,000 in trips, meals and other expenses.Kainos began investigating Cortese in January 2009 after discovering the financial irregularities and fired him the following month.last_img read more

Want to keep loyal hispanic members? It’s all about the app

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Walk down any street in your community, and it isn’t hard to find evidence that Americans are using their smartphones to manage more aspects of their lives. Their financial lives are certainly no exception, and community banking leaders are taking notice.According to a 2016 survey of financial institution leaders, their number one priority for 2017 was enhancing the digital and mobile experience. That’s what consumers are looking for as well. An earlier study from Bain & Companyshowed consumers are one-third more likely to enjoy a mobile transaction than a branch visit. What’s more, those surveyed anticipated a branch visit was 2.3 times more likely to end with annoyance.Mobile banking is clearly the way consumers are headed when it comes to meeting their financial needs. Yet the adoption of mobile financial services isn’t the same across all the demographic groups that make up your member base. Notably, Hispanic consumers are significantly more likely than other groups to use mobile banking technology. continue reading »last_img read more

What toy stores can tell banks about AI’s influence on future customer expectations

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our society views this technology with equal parts fear and fascination. Using machine-learning algorithms to analyze the unique genetic make up of a cancerous tumor and predict the best drug therapies is fascinating. But headlines that claim robots will steal a good chunk of jobs in the finance industry? Those words can elicit fear. Today’s financial services executives sit in the middle of this conundrum, and they have a lot of decisions to make, no matter what their stance is on AI. Leaders enamored with AI may be wondering where they should implement the capabilities first.There are also many executives who may be on the fence. They acknowledge AI will be necessary to maintain a competitive edge, but fear and doubt serve as the basis for careful hesitancy. Is AI really necessary? Is the level of convenience that AI can provide excessive? What about those clients who prefer to interact with humans?For the fence sitters, a trip to the toy store can provide some helpful insights. continue reading »last_img read more

White sugar available for sale DEXIA confirms

first_img 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews White sugar available for sale DEXIA confirms by: – March 26, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: correspondent32.wordpress.comThe Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has confirmed that after a short spell of shortage white sugar is available for sale.Manager of the Commercial Department at DEXIA, Norman Dorival explained to Dominica Vibes News that the company usually purchases brown sugar from Guyana while white sugar is sourced outside the region from Guatemala and Columbia.He noted that due to unavailability of brown sugar from Guyana, this depleted their stock of white sugar.“We receive brown sugar from the Guyana Corporation and they could not supply sugar to us due to a short fall; heavy rain falls and strike action. So in the absence of brown sugar, our white sugar stock sold out”.According to Dorival, under the CARICOM protocol, DEXIA must obtain approval from the Guyana Corporation to purchase brown sugar from another source market even during shortage.“Presently under the CARICOM protocol, we are obliged to buy sugar from Guyana. During a period of extended shortage, we would have to get the approval of Guyana Corporation so that the 35% tariff which the Customs charges on products purchased from outside source markets would be removed”.He also informed that the company is expecting a shipment of brown sugar from Guyana to arrive in Dominica hopefully by Thursday this week.Meanwhile, supermarkets can purchase white sugar from DEXIA’s wholesale department. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

China’s ex-PSG star freed from Wuhan coronavirus lockdown

first_imgChinese women’s football star Wang Shuang will finally reunite with the national team after two months stranded at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, state media said. Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetcenter_img The 25-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder will bolster a squad due to play off against South Korea over two legs for Asia’s final qualifying place at the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed for a year to 2021.In February, Wuhan native Wang was pictured kicking a ball on a rooftop while on lockdown in the city of 11 million people as she attempted to keep up her fitness.Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, led the world with an unprecedented total lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people fled the city when a 76-day travel ban was lifted.Xinhua news agency said that Wang and two other players stranded in Wuhan, Yao Wei and Lu Yueyun, would join the squad in Suzhou to prepare for the playoff. The first leg has been tentatively scheduled in Korea on June 4.Chinese star Wang Shuang was on lockdown for more than two months in her home city of WuhanRead Also: Odion Ighalo opens up on career-best goalBut the trio will first undergo a further 14-day quarantine period on arrival in Suzhou, Sina Sports said.Wang, the undoubted star of the Chinese side, has won more than 100 caps. She spent a year in the French capital with PSG before returning to Chinese football in July last year.Wang scored eight goals and contributed seven assists in 27 matches for PSG.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

O’Sullivan too good for Lawler

first_img Liang Wenbo won the final two frames to seal a 4-3 win over Mark Allen. Neil Robertson and Matthew Selt enjoyed 4-0 routs in their wins over Luca Brecel and Barry Hawkins respectively, while there were also wins for Martin Gould and Stuart Bingham. Press Association Ronnie O’Sullivan saw off Rod Lawler 4-2 on the opening night of the inaugural 888.com World Grand Prix in Llandudno.center_img Lawlor had levelled the match at 1-1 with an impressive break of 115, but O’Sullivan proved too strong as he twice hit the half-century mark on his way to victory. Stephen Maguire had two century breaks, making 122 and 108, on his way to a 4-1 win over Xiao Guodong, while a 110 highlighted Mark Selby’s 4-1 win over Michael Holt. last_img read more

CAREBACO medal hunt begins today

first_imgTHE Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) four-member junior team will commence their quest for top honours today in the Caribbean Juniors Championships (CAREBACO) in Aruba.Guyana will be represented by SUNBURST and Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year Narayan Ramdhani, Jonathan Mangra, Priyanna Ramdhani and Ambika Ramraj.The championship, which runs until August 25, is divided into three tournaments namely, the CAREBACO Under-19 International (open for all international players), CAREBACO Under-19 team championships (open only to CAREBACO members) and the CAREBACO Under-15 and U-19 championships (open only to CAREBACO members).According to a release from the association, the team should medal again for the sixth year.Further the association expressed gratitude to Mohamed’s Enterprise, Republic Bank, National Sport Commission, BK International, Hand-in-Hand Insurance, Crown Mining, Gio Tech and Cosmopolitan Trading for their support in making the trip a reality.last_img read more