One of the hardest obstacles trans-gender people have to face if they are living full time, or thinking about living full time, is employment. When I came out, I had a lot of fear about how people would perceive me. I work as a video editor in the television industry, talk shows in particular, and although the industry is very gay friendly, I wasn’t all that sure about how they would react to me being transgendered. I was however, and still am, extremely fortunate . Not only were people accepting for the most part, they were surprising supportive, and continue to be. This just doesn’t apply to talk shows. I have edited for ESPN’s “World Series of Poker”, a predominately straight male arena, which at first was a bit awkward, but after a week, I was just another editor was punctual and doing her job well.
I say this not to try to convince “ in the closet” trans people to come out, but rather if you are thinking about it, that it doesn’t all end with discrimination and termination of one’s position. You have to weigh the risks, and take a gamble sometimes. Thankfully, it paid off for me, and I am surrounded by loving co-workers who admire my courage.
And it’s not to say that I haven’t run across people who didn’t accept me or understand me, because I have. In fact these were the people I have gained the most wisdom from. I have found that when I treated them with respect, and didn’t become combative, sometimes times I was pleasantly surprised in their sift of attitude. People have a tremendous ability to adapt, as long as you keep an attitude of acceptance, forgiveness, and patience, no matter how negative their reaction. This may not happen all of the time, but it happens, and it’s profound to see. You may have the power to do this. Not just with coworkers, but family and friends a like. It may take time, but you may be pleasantly surprised!
Peace and love