Why is trans often grouped with sexuality

Intersexuality and trans identity in diversity management

Handbook Diversity Competence: Subject Areas pp 1-18 | Cite as

  • Thomas Köllen
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Both in the scientific diversity discourse and in diversity management practice, intersexuality and trans identity (or transsexuality or transgender) have so far only been marginal issues. This article outlines the different sociological, medical and business fields of discourse for both categories and derives points of contact for organizational diversity management. It is shown that both phenomena represent different aspects of the diversity dimension “gender”. Their usual assignment to a collective category together with the diversity dimension “sexual orientation” can be seen as a major reason why they are mostly not taken into account in diversity programs at the level of measures. Against this background, this article develops a modified approach to the dimension-specific approach in diversity management and shows the need to consider the dimensions “gender”, “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as a coherent organizational field of action. For diversity management practice, this entails a fundamental rethinking of one's own target systems and design of measures.


Intersex Intersex Transsexuality Transgender Trans * LGBTI
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Department of Management, Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria