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How Being A Transgender Woman Hurts My Job Prospects

“Even in Pride Month, it sometimes feels as though one needs to be a superhero to get a job after coming out as a transgender woman.” Danielle Solzman, founder and managing editor of Solzy at the Movies, writes.

As I was set to come out at work as transgender, I received some bad news. Shortly after coming home from work on that late Friday afternoon in September, the employment agency called me to say that I was being laid off. It was going to be my first Shabbas presenting female at the Orthodox shul I attend and, as scared and nervous as I was on that front, this was an absolute mood killer.

October was chock-full of Jewish holidays, so my job search was never really able to get into any rhythm because my computer and phone were off for what seems like half the month. I got a callback here and there, which led to an interview or two but no job offers. I followed up with every employment agency that I interviewed with but none of them had any work available.

It wasn’t until December in which I got an interview that led to a job offer. The only problem was that it was contingent on passing the security clearance. As the months passed and I didn’t receive clearance, my anxiety continued to grow.

I’ve been writing about movies and television since 2013. It had been a hobby, but I was still out of work and credentialed for the Chicago Critics Film Festival in May, so I decided to use the festival to launch Solzy at the Movies. Even though the site is growing, it doesn’t mean a guaranteed income as I only make what little money is brought in through ad revenue. Thanks to a few interviews and transgender-related articles, I saw a record breaking weekend for page views but barring a miracle, writing about TV and movies won’t pay the bills. Continue reading in The Forward