Yesterday was the single biggest day in my life. Everything else either led up to it or will be a result of it, well maybe not, but it was important. Yesterday morning the managing partner, firm administrator and HR person at my firm informed my 112 co-workers that Dianne will be coming to work and Dan will be stepping away as I transition into living my authentic life.
I will be officially full time.
cannot describe the relief and joy that I feel from this! I don't have
to hide any more, I don't have to evade social questions about where I
work, I don't have to shop at the market 2 miles away because there are
so many people from the firm that live near me. I'm just Dianne now.
co-workers amazed me! I wasn't present in the meetings so that people
could express whatever they felt, but right afterwards my cube had a
crowd of people coming to hug me and congratulate me and tell me in the
most sincere way that they support me. I got emails all day long, from
co-workers, partners, attorneys. One male partner broke down in the
elevator and gave me a great big hug because he was so happy! Emails
poured in, people stopped me in the halls, I could feel the joy. Our
managing partner said that he was very proud of the people at the firm
because of the support and admiration they showed.
I carried a fist full of tissues all day.
plan is that I will finish out next week as a guy that everyone knows
is a proud Trans woman. Then on Monday the 29th I'm Dianne to everyone. A
couple of people already started calling me Dianne "so they can
practice." I had four or five people tell me, with pride and relief,
that they had relatives or friends who are trans.
Through it all
I thought of my friends who have gone before me. I thought of the thousands that worked
hard and took knocks and made it easier for me. And now we'll all make
it that much easier for the ones coming behind.