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Gender Transition Guidelines

Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines at Berkeley Lab

At Berkeley Lab, we are committed to conducting great science and fostering technological advancement to solve the world’s most challenging problems and to answer its most elusive questions. Just as science reveals nature’s diversity, science organizations reveal their own nature by the diversity and inclusion they foster. Diversity of people and thought is part of our unique social fabric and a key to our research success. It is also a daily and personal commitment — and an expectation. Each employee has a role to play. Every employee has a responsibility to act. We believe in the Laboratory’s mission to share the benefits of scientific discovery with the world. We also respect the differences in our workplace community.


Cover - Workplace Gender Transition GuidelinesThis document is intended to delineate workplace guidelines for addressing the needs and issues that arise in the workplace when a transgender person transitions on the job at the Lab. Given that many transitioning employees must come out to their employers in order to live consistently with their gender identity full-time, employers necessarily become involved in an employee’s transition.

These guidelines support Berkeley Lab’s Non- Discrimination & Anti-Harassment policy, which includes gender identity and expression. This document is intended to be used by those who may be or are transgender, their co-workers, managers, operations support, and allies. If you need any assistance understanding something in this document, or would like to have a conversation about transgender-related issues, please contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office at [email protected].

As with all change, gender transitions affect many people – the individual transitioning, supervisors, peers, and users. These guidelines provide a starting point for building awareness, and are provided to ensure success on behalf of all parties involved.


Berkeley Lab has been and continues to be an advocate for diversity and equal employment opportunities. Every person makes a unique contribution toward establishing Berkeley Lab as a place where people can grow and succeed. We enable these contributions by maintaining a workplace environment that embraces diversity and fosters creativity and innovation. Accordingly, fairness and equity must be defining characteristics of our workplace environment.

Per our Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy: “Berkeley Lab and University of California policies prohibit discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the Lab on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, status as a protected veteran or service in the uniformed services.”

By providing a work environment of respect, trust, collaboration and cooperation, Berkeley Lab can fulfill its mission of conducting great science and fostering technological advancement. Lab employees who can bring their whole selves to work can thrive in their careers.



  • California Transgender Law 101:  This reference guide is designed to provide a broad overview of California laws affecting transgender people.  If you have a question about these laws or other issues your clients are facing, please feel free to contact the Transgender Law Center.
  • ID Please:  This comprehensive publication is a guide for navigating processes of updating California and federal identity documents to reflect accurate gender markers. This timely release coincides with the recent change in California law, which simplifies the requirements for a court-ordered name change.
  • Genderbread Person: Visual handout discussing gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and attraction.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality:  The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.
  • Tips for Allies of Transgender People (compiled by GLAAD):  The following are tips that can be used as you move toward becoming a better ally to transgender people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and cannot include all the “right” things to do or say – because often there is no one “right” answer to every situation you might encounter. When you become an ally of transgender people, your actions will help change the culture, making society a better, safer place for transgender people – and for all people (trans or not) who do not conform to gender expectations.
  • Transgender Law Center:  Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
  • Transgender Terminology (compiled by the National Center for Transgender Equality)
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH):  WPATH’s mission is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.  WPATH’s vision is to bring together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies worldwide that promote health, research, education, respect, dignity, and equality for transgender, transsexual, and gender-variant people in all cultural settings.


Committee members: Lady Idos, Amanda Krieger, Susan Synarski, Laleh Coté, and Elijah Goodfriend. Thanks to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Ernst & Young for sample language and resources; and the Transgender Law Center for guidance and review.