FOR KALEB HALL, AUTHENTICITY IS CRUCIAL TO HIS SENSE OF SELF, AND FULL TRANSPARENCY CAME WITH WHAT FELT LIKE REAL RISKS.
Kaleb, Quality Group Leader for Bodyweld at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, is a transgender male. It took three months for him to build up the courage to tell his manager that he was transitioning. But when he finally did, the support came right away. “Cool,” said his manager, who immediately put Kaleb in touch with Human Resources to help guide him through the transition process.
Two weeks after he transitioned, Kaleb came to work and found his hard hat with his chosen name on it and two new uniforms freshly embroidered with “Kaleb.”
“That kind of thing normally takes six weeks or so. I was in tears. It’s one of those moments that reminds you there are good people in the world,” he says
Kaleb’s experience inspired him to become vocal about transgender and other LGBTQ+ topics. “I want to help educate and advocate for those who come out and create a learning process for those who don’t understand,” he says. “We don’t understand what we don’t know, and that’s often what scares us.”