What if you were pushed out of a job you absolutely loved, simply because of who you are? For Samuel, this was a reality.
For over 18 years, Samuel has dedicated his life to helping others. He’s a beloved father, husband, valued community member, and social worker. He is also transgender1.
In 2003 and 2004, before Samuel transitioned from female to male, he worked as a case manager in Anchorage, Alaska at a company he loved, with people he adored. After moving away from Anchorage (for close to 10 years), Samuel decided to move his family back just so he could work for the same company once again.
After returning to Anchorage, Samuel transitioned from female to male to finally live his life as the man he’d always known himself to be. Shortly after he completed his transition, despite having multiple conversations with coworkers about addressing him with the correct pronouns (“he” and “him”), his employer still would not acknowledge that he was a male. His coworkers also used female pronouns and continued to refer to Samuel as a woman, in front of clients and over email.
It felt like losing family.
Ultimately, this had a detrimental effect on Samuel’s work. He felt betrayed and distraught. The colleagues he trusted and respected simply refused to acknowledge that he is a man. In Samuel’s words, “[It felt] like losing family.”
Samuel ultimately decided to leave the company that he loved because the harassment wouldn’t stop. He ended up accepting a lower-paying job after he quit, even though it took a toll on his and his wife Christina’s financial situation.
Alaska is one of the 31 states in this country where it’s legal to discriminate against LGBT2 people. Like Samuel, millions of Americans are denied housing, employment, and services because of who they are.
Alaska has passed 2 laws that actively harm LGBT people.Learn more
Can be fired or denied a promotion*
Can be evicted from their homes or denied housing
Can be denied service at public establishments, denied medical treatment, or even kicked out of restaurants or businesses
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