Trans wo­man field­ing job of­fers

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/ATLANTIC - BY METRO NEWS

A trans wo­man has re­ceived a hand­ful of job of­fers only hours af­ter Metro News told her story, and fu­ture em­ploy­ment may be right around the cor­ner.

Rose Boudreau spoke about her strug­gle to find a job as a trans wo­man, and her con­cerns of prej­u­dice from em­ploy­ers, but within three hours of the story be­ing re­leased, she had re­ceived her first of­fer with oth­ers rolling in the next morn­ing.

“It felt awe­some,” said Boudreau.

“Get­ting these calls and mes­sages re­ally made me feel val­ued. It was a great re­sponse and made me feel like a weight was lifted off my chest.”

The 22-year-old re­ceived mul­ti­ple of­fers out of the blue from com­pa­nies around Hal­i­fax and is set up for a fu­ture in­ter­view with Keith’s Brew­ery, which she says seems very promis­ing.

“These com­pa­nies con­tacted me un­der their own vo­li­tion. I hadn’t even ap­plied to them, they just wanted to help me.”

Only re­cently tran­si­tion­ing and be­ing rel­a­tively new to the com­mu­nity, the sup­port and of­fers have made her feel ac­cepted and val­ued as a part of so­ci­ety, she said.

“Be­ing able to have that plat­form to get my voice and story out has re­ally helped. It con­nected me with peo­ple who sup­port me and want to help.”

Her thoughts and words are her own, and she knows not ev­ery­one faces what she has, but she hopes her story will help oth­ers that need it, she said.

“I don’t rep­re­sent ev­ery trans per­son in Hal­i­fax, but I do know there are lots of trans peo­ple like me out there still in the dark. They feel like there is no space for them to be with­out prej­u­dice or fear.”

Boudreau

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