How to deal with gender changing colleagues?

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  1. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Just got an all staff email from the big boss staying that a bloke we work with will be coming into work next week as a woman.
    Apparently the guy has had body hair removed by laser and has started hormone treatment, we only noticed that he had let his hair grow longer. According to the email "he/she/it in transition" now has to live as a woman for a year before getting the green light to have his danglies lopped off.
    We have been made aware of all the laws that apparently apply to this situation - none of which seem to cover my strong urge to take the p1ss and laugh hysterically while thinking about the Life of Brian scene Loretta/Stan and foetus gestation in fact if I even suggest that he makes his nuts into a souvenir key fob I will end up in serious kak.

    Any ideas :?
  2. Religion.

    Anyone of them will have something about abominations and the like and how you must cast them out/stone them/take the p1ss mercilessly.

    Every time you see it comeing then just make the sign of the cross/holy horns/sphagetti etc and call out LOUDLY " Begone foul shade".

    If the boss gets uppity then just claim religous persecution :)
  3. I would suggest you do and say nothing. While what he is doing maybe considered to be outrageous, demented, perverted or evan evil by some, what difference will it make to you?

    Where I work there is a lady in similar circumstances, i.e. he is going through the change to a she. I treat her exactly as she wishes to be treated. She is good for a laugh and if you have a serious question she will answer it.

    Mind you she beats almost everyone handsdown when the lamps are swinging as we sit on sandbags. Whenever a story starts with "When I was in......." Hers start with "When I was a man.......".
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  4. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Check out Legs posts over on Blogs. Beaten to it by EX-STAB :D
  5. Apart from the obvious "beat it to death, its the kindest thing" scenario, i would suggest never get drunk at a do where it may be attending, last thing you want, is to forget it was a guy and pull the ugly bird at the end of the night.
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  6. Don't:

    Smile at it.
    Talk about anything but work-related issues in its presence or earshot.
    Tell any jokes whatsoever.
    Talk to it if you can communicate by e-mail.
    Organise any 'official'/semi-official functions that it might wish to attend.
    Send out round-robins advertising after-hours/lunch time drinks. Invite only those you wish to attend and always omit at least one normal bore in order that you can defend any allegations of discrimination.


    Apply for a transfer as soon as possible
    Ensure there is a selection of both female and male porn in the lavatories
  7. whatever you do, don't call him/her/it "a woman walt". Apparently this 'isn't the done thing'
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  8. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    I am happy to fight for his right to have babies, its his business not mine - but I am pretty sure I cannot do it with a straight face - especially as my office is opposite the womens bog...... :oops:
  9. Since you've haven't put this in the NAAFI I take it you are after a grown up response, therefore, I would treat them with respect, don't go OTT, just be courteous and polite. Don't be worried, he/she will be more worried than you, it will be a major day for them. I would maintain a workable relationship with her/him and not make a big deal of it.

    The bosses will be ultra-sensitive to the transgender's needs and will be making sure he/she is not on the receiving end of ANY discriminatory remarks, no jokes however much you're tempted!
  10. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    :judge: :judge: :judge: :judge: :judge: :judge: :judge: :judge:
  11. Respond to the e-mail, explaining that no amount of snipping, nipping and tucking can change someones gender, and that regardless of how he mutilates himself he will still be a man.
    Gender reassignment is utter nonsense, treat him precisely as you would any other male colleague.
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  12. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Apparently even calling him repeatedly by his male name is a prosecutable offense.
    Unfortunately he also has no sense of humour (not surprising in his mental state I guess), or he would at least rock up wearing a mini-skirt and "24hr take the p1ss out of me" T-shirt on his first day......
  13. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Not always possible. When 'Kim' followed me into the Ladies' Loo at the financial institution where I worked, I could have slapped its face if it had still been Steve.

    Made me feel very queasy.