This is the second-to-last coming out letter I’ll send; the last will be a blog post from my guy blog that will flow to Facebook, LinkedIn, and my guy Twitter accounts.
I’m happy with this version. I think it’s brief, clear, and to the point at 256 words.
I’ll be giving a copy to my manager this afternoon when I tell him the news of my transition. Almost done and almost there!
Dear friends and colleagues,
I have some news to share — I am transgender. On April 2, 2016, I will change my name to Heather, will be referred to by that name and the female pronouns of she, her, and hers, and transition to living my life as a woman.
Some of you have seen this movie before! For those newer to [company], this means that when I return to work April 11 after Spring Break with my kids, you’ll notice that my name will have changed in our computer systems, I’ll have a new badge, use the women’s bathroom, and be wearing women’s attire.
Using my new name and pronouns may take some getting used to, so don’t worry too much about goofs at first and please take any corrections from me as gentle reminders instead of rebukes.
For the past several months I have been living as Heather outside of work and it has brought me tremendous relief from lifelong anxiety and depression along with mental breathing room I didn’t even know I had. Based on what other transgender people report, I expect this relief to increase, be permanent, and allow me to focus more on work instead of compartmentalizing my work life like I have been.
If you have questions about this change I’d love to grab coffee, lunch, or a drink and talk. If you’re uncomfortable discussing anything with me directly, please talk to our HR Business Partner, [person] or your manager.