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Coming Out At Work: The Big Day (Part 1)

Today’s the day.

In just over 60 minutes, I’m gathering my colleagues at work to share my news about my time off to complete my legal transition. I’ll be surrounded by my team members, a few other colleagues I work with, and a group of senior leadership to show their support.

To make this interesting, I’ll be writing two posts today: the one you’re reading now and a recap after the deed is done. Let’s be honest, my site could use the traffic. 😉

Here we go.

Knowing that my laptop’s been turned in already (to change my user account settings) and that my meeting is at 11AM, I took the time to sleep in. I know, the struggle is very real. As I was sipping on my morning coffee, I get a call from my HR manager. She’s anxious for me and called to check in, go over some last-minute details & reassure that everything would be ok. I feel like I’ve made a real friend in her. It took some effort to pull my voice back from cracking.

It’s finally sinking in that this is for real. This is one of the final steps. In just a little while, my boy clothes are officially redundant. I can begin the process of packing it all up to give to family and/or Goodwill. (Sidenote: sorry, friends. My brother’s getting my soccer jerseys.) I’m not sure if I’ll spend the day packing those things, go get a celebratory cocktail with friends nearby, or simply go about my day. I may go to the local courthouse to see if my legal name & gender change went uncontested in person, and have lunch downtown.

In any case, I’m off to the office. Wish me luck.