Edward Taylor Fabio Fasoli

Who is most discriminated against? First impression and hiring decisions about non-binary and trans woman candidates

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Trans and non-binary persons experience significant discrimination, particularly in the workplace. This study examines whether self-disclosure as a trans woman or non-binary, along with gender self-stereotyping, affect attitudes via an application process for a management position. Participants (N = 179) read a CV of one candidate who either disclosed as a trans woman or non-binary and a personal statement involving stereotypically masculine or feminine attributes. Participants rated the candidates’ job suitability, masculinity, femininity, competence, sociability, and morality. Results showed that non-binary candidates were most discriminated against. Non-binary applicants were deemed less suitable for management, less moral and less competent than trans women applicants. Gender self-stereotyping did not have any effect. This brings up issues around discrimination within gender minorities


  • gender identity
  • discrimination
  • gender stereotyping
  • hiring


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