This Marketplace story combined the reporting I did for two of my podcasts, the one that went out on June 15th, and the one that was released on June 30th. It turns out that the majority of transgender men have more positive experiences of the workplace once they stop living publicly as women and start living publicly as men. And these experiences hit them hard, because for decades they've seen the workplace through different eyes - female eyes. Suddenly, as men, they find they have more authority and are seen as being more capable, even though they're the same people with the same abilities they've always had. Take Thomas, who began his working life as Susan. One fellow lawyer described Susan as 'incompetent', but said he 'really liked this new guy, Thomas.' Meanwhile, trans women have the opposite issue: their abilities are suddenly questioned. They have to get used to being seen as less competent.
University of Chicago researcher Kristen Schilt says trans men's and women's dual experience of office life is about the best evidence we have that men and women really are perceived and treated differently in the workplace.