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					       Volume 7, Issue 1(Fall 2010)

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            Not A Pronoun: A Transgender’s Professional Journey
                                      Kim Gower, Virginia State University
                                  Barbara A. Ritter, Coastal Carolina University


This case describes the journey of Karson as he transitions from female to male. Throughout his life,
Karson experiences a great deal of anxiety trying to reconcile his identity with the expectations of
society. The anxiety inherent in this situation is described in order to get the reader to more fully
empathize with the issues faced by transgender individuals. The case then focuses on issues specific
to the workplace as Karson begins his career with a counseling agency and experiences several
instances of discriminatory behavior.

Key words: Diversity, Prejudice, Transgender, Sexuality

				
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