Transgender inclusion at work continues to evolve. On Dec.15, family planning benefits firm Stork Club announced its Reproductive Hormone Therapy program which offers “support for menopause, hormone health optimization and gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy for people in transition.”
The benefits company partnered with two transgender healthcare specialists, Plume and Opt Health, to serve their clients’ trans and gender-nonconforming employees.
Benefits such as these lay a solid foundation of support for LGBTQ talent at organizations. Each year, the Human Rights Campaign publishes its Corporate Equality Index; this year, 379 Fortune 500 companies earned top marks from HRC.
The LGBTQ nonprofit organization offers ratings of up to 100% for employers actively championing queer and trans talent; beyond social inclusion, this advocacy looks like trans-inclusive medical care, family planning resources and clearly established policies to support an employee’s gender transition. Walmart, Amazon, Apple and CVS Health — the top four companies of the 500 — all earned HRC’s 2022 “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality” award.
Stork Club’s own offerings of fertility treatment, prenatal support and parental care are meant to be used by employees across the gender spectrum. Examples of some of the services offered are trans-inclusive fertility cryopreservation and IVF.
Nodding to menopausal and other, often age-related hormonal transitions throughout life, the announcement for these services underscored the two-fold challenges for LGBTQ people face as they navigate an array of hormonal changes.
“Transgender and nonbinary adults are also at increased risk for mental health issues, substance use and suicide,” the press release continued. “Stork Club’s solution includes personalized gender-affirming care to support this group.”
Of note to recruiters and hiring managers is that, in the press release, Stork Club founder and CEO Jeni Mayorskaya explained that inclusive healthcare solutions are a tool to “attract and retain top diverse talent.”