Coming Out As Transgender At The Office Is More Difficult Than Saying You're Gay: Beck Bailey

05/21/2014 04:53 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Transgender rights advocate Beck Bailey spoke at length about the unique challenges facing the community in the workplace in a HuffPost Live interview this week.

Bailey acknowledged the "slight difference" between coming out as transgender vs. coming out as gay in a professional setting.

"I think there is a slight difference there," he said, before adding, "Few people report knowing someone who is transgender."

He then noted, "I think part of the barrage of questions, however well-meaning they are, are just based on the fact that folks don't know trans people. Sometimes those questions are inappropriate and a little too personal, particularly in certain contexts like the workplace."

"Part of my job as a transgender activist is to put myself out there ... but also kind of maintain some boundaries. It's a fine line to run," he said.

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