[TUHS] Memoir Marks the 25th Anniversary of First Transgender Employment Policy

Adam Thornton athornton at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 07:58:14 AEST 2022

Thank you!  I've forwarded the link to my ex, who is also trans and also a
Horton.  They will get a kick out of it, I hope.


On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 2:42 PM Mary Ann Horton <mah at mhorton.net> wrote:

> This may be a bit off-topic, so please forgive me. Lucent is central to
> the book. I want to let you know I had a memoir published today, on the
> 25th anniversary of Lucent's historic policy. Here's the main part of the
> press release.
> Before 1997, transgender workers were routinely fired when their employers
> found out they were changing their sex. That changed on Oct. 28, 1997, when
> Lucent Technologies became the first Fortune 500 company to formally commit
> that it would not discriminate based on "gender identity, characteristics,
> or expression". Dr. Mary Ann Horton, who instigated the change, has written
> a memoir, Trailblazer: Lighting the Path for Transgender Inclusion in
> Corporate America. "When I led transgender-101 workshops, my personal story
> was people's favorite part. They wanted more, and Trailblazer is the
> result," said Horton. "It will be released on the 25th anniversary, Oct.
> 28."
> Horton was a software technology worker at Lucent in Columbus, Ohio, when
> Lucent added the language. It allowed Mary Ann, then known as Mark, to come
> out in the workplace without fear of reprisal. When she didn't need to
> spend energy hiding part of herself, her productivity soared, and she was
> promoted. Three years later, she persuaded Lucent to cover
> gender-confirming medical care in their health insurance. She blazed the
> trail for Apple, Avaya, Xerox, IBM, Chase, and other companies to follow.
> Nokia blogged about it today.
> https://www.nokia.com/about-us/careers/life-at-nokia/employee-blogs/25th-anniversary-of-transgender-inclusive-language/
> You can find the book at
> https://www.amazon.com/Trailblazer-Lighting-Transgender-Equality-Corporate-ebook/dp/B0B8F2BR9B
> If you read it, please post a review to Amazon.
> --
> Thanks,
>       *Mary Ann Horton* (she/her/ma'am)
>       maryannhorton.com
> "This is a great book" - Monica Helms
> "Brave and Important" - Laura L. Engel
>       Available on Amazon and bn.com!
> <https://www.amazon.com/Trailblazer-Lighting-Transgender-Equality-Corporate-ebook/dp/B0B8F2BR9B>
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