All Boston University faculty and staff should feel welcome. This important goal is embodied in an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy http://www.bu.edu/eoo/policies-procedures/equal-opportunity/ that includes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, intersex or asexual as well as those who are questioning their sexual identity. Although LGBTQIA people are legally recognized, able to marry and more accepted in our culture than they were a few years ago, some may continue to experience social isolation or uncertainty about how to interact with colleagues. Coming out and gaining acceptance from family, friends and colleagues may be accompanied by anxiety.
People who are thinking about gender transition may need information and assistance in negotiating the process in the workplace. The FSAO can serve as a transitional liaison between the employee and the organization by protecting the employee’s confidentiality while developing a plan and suggesting a time line. The FSAO can also provide training for work groups about the transgender experience. We provide a safe, respectful, confidential environment to talk about concerns related to sexual identity.