Holy heart attack, Batman, I came out today to my family and two of my closest/oldest friends! I am unusually calm about it for some reason. I wrote a good letter and sent it off into the inter-webular universe to reach its intended recipients. The only response I got back so far is from my sister-in-law who addressed me by my new name and just simply told me that family is family no matter what. Awesome! I’ll take that. I am nervous, but there’s a calm inside me that tells me no matter what happens it will be ok. I have faith that I’m doing this for the right reasons and that the timing is right for me. It’s been making me crazy to keep all this inside all the time. I’ve been feeling like I might explode at any moment and my temper has been unusually quick lately. Obviously I was about to boil over so I had to let it out. There’s still a lot of people to tell and I’m not out at work yet, but that will come. I’m working my way through a list starting with the people this impacts the most. Work will be next. It’ll also impact ME the most on a daily basis. But, I’m pretty sure it’ll go ok. I have the privilege of being “the boss” so I’m really telling my employees. They could quit over this, but I’d be surprised if they did. And there’s only five of them, so it’s not like I’m coming out in a big corporate office full of people.
Anyway, I am proud of myself for finally taking the plunge and telling my truth so that I can start openly claiming my right to be seen as my true self. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they all respond at least as politely as my sister-in-law. I would like to thank all of you who read this blog for all of your on-going support over the past several months. You help me in so many ways and I really appreciate reading all of your stories of strength, courage, fears and triumphs.