Coming out has not been easy but it has been worth it. It saved me and has given me the opportunity to exist.
Coming out to family and friends was one thing, coming out at work was an entirely different experience.
Emotional labour is the mental effort required to do something or be something. To be trans, to be openly trans is a lot of emotional work sometimes.
About three and a half months ago I started Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), the effects are starting to assert themselves.
Taking over public space for a day or more to celebrate love and acceptance is something that needs to happen everywhere.
It’s with great excitement today that I am officially informing people professionally that I am transgender.
Exhilarating and occasionally terrifying, coming out as a transgender woman has left me feeling unburdened.
As I type this it is the eve before I out myself to my co-workers, which includes almost 90 municipal professionals ranging from equipment operators, to finance administrators, social workers, clerks, cops, firefighters, planners, engineers a collection of elected local officials and more. I’ll also have to send a press release of sorts to local media contacts.