The City of Buffalo has become the second city in New York to establish guidelines for city employees who are undergoing a gender transition.
On Friday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined members of the local LGBTQ community to present the guidelines. The mayor said the guidelines are meant to ensure that transgender and non-gender conforming employees feel secure within the workplace and feel supported by city leadership.
The city will provide department heads and transitioning employees with a step-by-step guide to help the process of a workplace transition. Subject matters addressed in the new policy include: understanding your rights, a definition of terms, transitioning process and practices, how transitioning employees can prepare, initial conversations and a workplace transition plan.
The mayor said he is not aware of any City of Buffalo employees who are currently undergoing a gender transition, but the city is implementing the guidelines to try and establish a fair and equitable environment for all city employees.