Securing and Maintaining Employment as a Transgender Person: know your rights

Join the panelists live from 5 to 6 p.m. November 16 for a discussion on knowing your rights as a transgender or gender non-conforming Utahn in the workplace. Visit the main EEC page for a link to the panel once it begins. 


About the panelists:



Sue Robbins

Sue Robbins is a woman who is Transgender, Intersex, and Pansexual and uses the pronouns She, Her, and Hers. She is currently the Co-Host of Everyday People at KRCL RadioACTIve, raising LGBTQ+ voices and issues and also on Equality Utah’s Transgender Advisory Council. She is a Past Board Chair of the Utah Pride Center and of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah along with being a founding member and the inaugural President of Phi Delta, Utah’s chapter of Tri-Ess.  Sue has been recognized with the 2018 Transgender Advocacy TEAM Award and the 2019 Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service award.

Sue is an Electrical Engineer currently employed with a government contractor. She is a proud veteran with 20 years of service in the US Army working first as a Tank Crewmember and later in Satellite Communications. Sue lives in Woods Cross with her loving and amazing wife Theresa and has four children and ten grandchildren.


Chris Wharton

T. Christopher Wharton is an attorney and senior partner from Salt Lake City, Utah who focuses on family law, criminal defense, and LGBTQ advocacy. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Utah and is certified to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chris graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as president of the Student Bar Association and managing editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies. Chris also completed a semester studying jurisprudence at University of Oxford, Magdalen College, and international criminal law at The Hague, Netherlands.

Chris gained valuable experience interning at the Utah State Legislature, clerking with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and practicing as a third-year law student at the at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office, where he tried and won his first jury trial. Chris went on to work as an associate attorney for two years before opening his own practice in 2012. 

Chris' extensive work in the areas of family law and LGBTQ advocacy has gained local and national attention. In 2013, Chris helped lead a team of attorneys that submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court, arguing for equal treatment of LGBT families under the law. In 2015, he obtained the first same-sex common law marriage adjudication in Utah. 

As an active community volunteer, Chris has done pro bono work for the ACLU of Utah, Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center, and the Rainbow Law Clinic. Chris has served as president of the Utah Young Lawyers Division, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center, and chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission. Chris also served on the board of the LGBT & Allied Bar Association of Utah and on the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners as the young lawyer representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He currently represents the residents of District 3 on the Salt Lake City Council.

Outside the office, Chris enjoys independent films, local politics, history, art, Netflix, and food trucks. Chris' pronouns are him/his.


Johanna Goss

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Johanna (she, her, hers) started a career in law enforcement where for close to a decade she contributed in the planning and management of programs to better serve clients of the Utah Department of Corrections while also focusing on creating a healthier and inclusive workplace for employees.

She recently completed her studies of organizational culture and development at the University of Utah and is thankful to hold a Master of Public Administration.
Johanna now works for Utah Transit Authority in Civil Rights Compliance primarily focused on maintaining the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Title VI programs.
Johanna is a proud mom of two intelligent, kind, and vivacious girls; and two sweet, furry, puppy-boys. She has been happily married to her best friend and favorite person Rachel for 14 years. Johanna and her family spend much of their time in activities relating to all things hockey. They play on multiple teams, while Johanna coaches and occasionally referees.

Christopher Malan

Christopher P. Malan is proud and openly non-binary and ethically non-monogamous. They use all pronouns but prefer They/Them/Theirs. They enjoy using multiple descriptions to describe themselves including gender diverse, gender nonconforming, metro, demi boy, and fem. Eclectic by nature, they have pursued many avenues of education. Originally studying electronic engineering for work in prosthetics, Chris shifted his avenue more towards the social sciences. Finishing their undergraduate degree locally at Weber State University in a mix of Neuroscience, Psychology, Family Studies, and Nutrition; they directed most of their energy working with youth and learning disabilities. At the moment Chris is working as a licensed optician and is applying for their first of two Masters Degrees, one in finances and the other in counseling. This is Chris’s first year as a board member of TEA but finds the work to be rewarding and in line with their interests in social justice, advocacy/education, and mental health. On the side, Chris is starting a program to gather resources to feed homeless youth within the Ogden area.

Outside of work, Chris is passionate about studying culture and food within culinary arts. They also enjoy helping family members and those in need with their personal finances. One of their dreams is to run a local LGBTQIA+ affirming B&B that uses home grown crops in their art of cooking while giving back support financially to the community. Chris spends most of his free time with his family, supporting partner, and three cats. Chris and their partner spend most of their time advocating in the hopes that others can find opportunities to be their most authentic selves.

Candice Metzler 

Candice Metzler uses the pronouns She, Her, and Hers or They, Them, Theirs and is the Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. Candice has been involved with TEA for more than a decade, and community organizing and advocacy work for more than 30 years. She has served the LGBTQI community for more than a decade through group facilitation, individual counseling, program development, advocacy work, and community organizing and education. 

Candice recently completed a PhD from the University of Utah and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Candice has two sons and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. They received the Pete Suazo Social Justice Award in 2012 for their advocacy work through education. 




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