Nov 16, 2018

'How Amazon helped me transition to a woman'

"I knew from a young age that I wasn't the same as the other children," says Sophie Roberts, a 34-year-old Amazon software developer based in Edinburgh. "One of the women who used to work for me, her first email that she sent me was, 'Congratulations Sophie, I'd like to invite you to join the Amazon Women in Engineering Group.'". The tech giant already had a toolkit in place, designed to answer common questions that staff may have - including an explanation of its bathroom policy - to take the burden off people like Sophie having to explain the same things over and over again. Sophie worked with Amazon in the US, and the firm's LGBT group Glamazon, to adapt the toolkit for the UK. She also successfully suggested a change to the internal staff directory, and as a result all individuals can now display the pronoun to which they would like to be referred. For Sophie, after many months of physical changes, and a name change, her return from a holiday in October seemed like the natural time to come to work as Sophie for the first time.

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