The magic number is now down to two. That’s two more days I have to go to work as a guy. The feeling is very strange.
Word about my impending transition has started to circulate among select company, but so far seems pretty well contained for the general population. Tomorrow that gets blown open some more.
Tomorrow all the Human Resource generalists and managers for my department will be getting the news of my transition. They’ve had a heads up that “someone” is doing this already. Tomorrow they will have my name. Then they will be sworn to secrecy until after the general announcement this Friday. It’s one of those “honor system” thingies. I don’t expect the news to be kept air tight.
So strange to think they’ll all be walking around knowing how I’m about to change while I remain in guy mode for another couple of days. I think I’ll adopt the unisex bathroom for my exclusive use until my transition is official. I don’t technically need to switch to the women’s restroom until next week, but once people know what’s coming I really don’t want to push the issue.
On a happy note I’ve made a few trans connections through my company’s Pride Alliance already. One is a trans guy who transitioned about 10 years ago. The other two are women with trans partners – one married to an FTM and another seriously dating an MTF. We all had lunch this afternoon to meet and share stories. They also let me know about another FTM who is officially the “out” trans person in the company, who was out of the office for personal reasons lately. It was really nice to see such a group already within the company. They let me know I won’t be totally isolated as THE trans person once I come out, and if anyone gets too curious to let them know so THEY can field the “trans 101” type questions. Solidarity.
Anyway, the big launch of my real self into the workplace starts tomorrow morning with an 11am meeting for the HR folks, and a 1pm meeting for the Department managers. I have spies in both meetings to let me know how things go. I’ll be busy playing like nothing is happening while I conduct some pretty intense workshop sessions elsewhere in the building.
The following day is my last day on earth in which I have to present as a guy. That … deserves its own post.