I come out at work tomorrow morning, 10:00 am ET. And shortly thereafter I will be making the announcement with the rest of my programming team.
We’re called the “BusWare team.” BusWare is the app that runs on buses; operates all the bells, whistles and lights; and monitors a bunch of things like engine performance, and passengers coming and going. It’s a HUGE project with thousands upon thousands of files. I’m proud to be a team member.
I figure the speech will go something like this:
Hello. I’ve called you all here. No, really. I arranged this meeting. Don’t worry. It’ll be quick.
(Take a breath.)
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a condition that constantly puts me under tremendous stress. I have finally reached a point where I can’t deny it or hold it back any longer.
I am transgender. (Wait for a few seconds.)
My body is as you see but my mind has always been female. Thus the constant stress of looking one way and feeling another.
Last October I started my transition. That means I am actively working to change my body to be as female as I can possibly make it. I hope the changes are starting to show.
If you are willing, please call me Rachael. But I will not take offense to Bob.
Questions? (Answer if any are asked.)
If anyone ever wants to talk privately, please feel free to grab me. It takes a lot to upset me and I’m very willing to share what I know.
If any of this upsets you, please feel free to get Ziad and/or HR involved. They all know what’s going on.
Well, that’s it.
Thanks for your time.
Maybe I should get a “Hello, my name is…” sticker and slap it on my chest for the rest of the day.
After tomorrow the only person in my life hopefully oblivious to my transition is James.