On Transgender in the UK, should I use my female name on my CV even when it refers to male accomplishments?, we had several comments about users trying to find similar questions about the specific challenges with gender identity issues in the workplace.

I found these two other questions which would be an ideal fit for this tag

but can't seem to find any others through searching.

A dedicated tag would group these questions for the benefit of interested experts and visitors alike.

I am not sure what exactly is needed to justify a new tag (or even what the ideal naming of the tag should be), but was interested on the community's thoughts on this.

Edit: to avoid an explosion of tiny, very specific tags without many questions, we could use a more umbrella term, such as gender (as suggested by Adrian), and add the very specific tags as synonyms of the larger tag (as suggested by Jmac).

  • Should we add a homosexual tag too? I'm being serious, because any of these questions could have simply swapped transgender for homosexual.
    – Jim G.
    Jul 19, 2014 at 1:31
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    @Jim G perhaps they could have, but the posters asked about being transgender, not about being gay. Searching for any questions/answers with "homosexual" or "homosexuality" comes up blank. A few answers show up when searching for "gay", but those questions are not about gay individuals in the workplace. Jul 19, 2014 at 3:20
  • Hi Matt, I did a very brief search earlier, and I only saw 2 or 3 relevant questions. That to me seems like there isn't enough content to justify creating a new tag. This isn't to say one can't be created, but I'm not sure there would be much benefit above and beyond simply searching the term.
    – jmort253
    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:58
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    If we were going to do this, to prevent having a ton of different tags, adding a generic 'sexuality' tag involving problems related to sexuality (transgender, transexual, gay, straight, asexual, etc.) may be better, and creating separate tags all synonymized to that tag (so that someone searching for 'trans' can select the proper tag). Do you think that there are significantly different issues faced by each group that would make this pointless?
    – jmac
    Jul 19, 2014 at 4:37
  • @jmac: Good idea.
    – Jim G.
    Jul 19, 2014 at 12:22
  • @jmac I think a generic umbrella tag with synonyms for the specific terms would solve the grouping issue and as jmort253 pointed out, there is not enough content to justify the separate tags. I'm still newish to workplace.se, and don't want to step on any toes, so what is the best way to proceed here? Do we need a certain number of votes or views or some other indicator that we have agreement with the community at large? Jul 19, 2014 at 15:52
  • Matt, it only takes 300 reputation to create a new tag, and you have enough to do so. 'Sexuality' sounds like a good way to cover these until there's more content to justify more narrow tags. If you want to tag these questions, I'd say go for it.
    – jmort253
    Jul 20, 2014 at 0:26
  • @jmort253: I added the sexuality tag to the questions. I don't have tag synonym privileges yet, so I'm not able to suggest the specific terms as synonyms Jul 20, 2014 at 5:22
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    I really appreciate the effort to make tagging more useful here, but I think "sexuality" is the wrong tag. Gender identity/expression and sexuality are very different, and I think most trans folks would not expect to find answers to their questions under a "sexuality" tag. Maybe a "gender" tag as well/instead?
    – Adrian
    Jul 20, 2014 at 12:45
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    (For context, I posted one of the linked questions; having it tagged "sexuality" actually bothers me a bit. Not seriously enough to dispute the tag if the community finds it useful, but enough that if it were left up to me I would untag it.)
    – Adrian
    Jul 20, 2014 at 12:47
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    Hey @Matt, could you suggest a name for the tag with an edit to your question? Looks like 'sexuality' was tossed out. Perhaps 'gender' or 'gender-related' as suggested by gnat above? Something that makes sense and makes you feel comfortable with it.
    – jmac
    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:57
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    Yeah, I just had my post edited by Matt, and while I understand they were trying to help, it feels really uncomfortable and not useful. I don't quite know what the answer is, but it's not 'sexuality'. Jul 21, 2014 at 12:03
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    I definitely was not trying to make the question askers uncomfortable here, my apologies to you Adrian and @raptortech97. What is the best way to fix this? Is there a "rename" button for tags that can change it en masse or should I go back and untag those questions until we have a better term picked out? Jul 21, 2014 at 13:32
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    When to let potential empoyers know I'm trans? : Why do you find that necessary?! Does not smell good at all IMO. Do women go around saying to people "You, know I'm a woman"? Make up your mind - if you're a woman, you're a woman, if not,then not. Sounds like you're trying to make some sort of political statement, which is not appropriate in a workplace.
    – Vector
    Jul 22, 2014 at 11:47
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    @Vector, whenever you change employment, there are all sorts of official documents required, things that list your 'official' gender. If that gender does not match the gender you identify with, then it is definitely something that needs to be broached with employers. Women do not have ID cards that say they are a man unless they are trans-, and that is why this is a unique problem that merits a tag. If you strongly (and rationally) believe this tag is unnecessary, please answer the question and explain why clearly so the community can evaluate your stance.
    – jmac
    Jul 22, 2014 at 12:00

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For now I have changed 'sexuality' to 'gender' as per the comments, but I think that this brings up separate problems (specifically that 'gender' will be specific to gender-related issues, and can just as easily apply to men working in a female-dominated workplace, or women working in a male-dominated workplace, as well as trans- members in various workplaces, while at the same time not covering issues related to being homosexual that aren't necessarily related to gender).

If someone could please take the time to make a good tag wiki for to be clear what it should be used for, that would be appreciated.

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    I took a first pass at it, but given my earlier stumbles in wording would appreciate any feedback. Jul 22, 2014 at 1:22
  • Looks good to me @Matt! Thanks for the work in putting that together.
    – jmac
    Jul 22, 2014 at 1:42
  • jmac, were you going to add the "transgender" tag synonym to gender? Some users are using a combination of gender + transition tags to indicate it workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/31300/… Jul 25, 2014 at 23:05
  • @Matt, the synonym for transgender has been added. Trying to create a question with that tag will add 'gender' instead.
    – jmac
    Jul 28, 2014 at 5:23

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