Coming out to friends and family is never easy. For some, it’s nearly impossible. For one wife, coming out to her co-workers was even harder. But the reaction she got back was truly amazing. Meet Zoe. She’s a wife, a mother and a hard-worker.
Zoe is transgender and she came out to her family last summer. She then eventually spread the news to her extended family, friends, and neighbors. Her husband notes that she is a beautiful, feminine person that everyone adores.
The process of telling people hasn’t been as smooth as you would think, but what story is? It’s a challenging process telling people your personal, deep story and making sure that people won’t judge. Luckily for Zoe, everyone has truly been supportive and amazing to her. But there is one group of people that she didn’t tell.
You see, Zoe works in a huge technology company and she felt nervous telling the team. The managing team is mainly a team of software developers that are predominantly male. She’s known her co-workers and employees for about 15 years or so.
Zoe’s fear is that her co-workers have been calling her “he” and “him” and “Mr.” for as long as she can remember. She has no idea how they will handle the change. Totally valid fear if you ask me!
Even though that the laws in Ontario, Canada protect the rights of transgender employees, that doesn’t necessarily protect them from quiet judgment, awkwardness and the potential loss of friendships.
But because this transition needed to happen for Zoe, she had to tell her co-workers sooner or later. So she decided to make a coming out email and eventually sent it out to everyone that she works with.
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