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OzGirl

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My employer, the State Government of Victoria in Australia, has been incredibly good in its support of my transition. My department has a Diversity Inclusion Team and they have organised department wide training and amazing personal support for me. Due to the education and support programs, I feel very included and the support from hundreds of staff has been amazing. Because I have a public facing role dealing with school groups and general public, many of whom have seen me in this role for years, and will notice I have transitioned.  But they  may not have the time or feel too awkward to ask me questions, so my employer has prepared a small explanation page for those with questions,

"What’s happened to Alan?

You may have noticed that one of our team, Alan, is now presenting as a female, and is now known as Allie.

Allie is transgender, that is, she was born with a male body, but a female brain. This is a medical condition caused by fluctuating hormones in utero, and affects 2% of babies. Allie knew about this condition all her life, but didn’t want to transition due to the effect on her family and career. She was successful at managing this condition until 2018 when Gender Dysphoria, which is the constant pressure to transition, became too strong, and resisting it made her very sick. Her illness lasted 8 months, and only when trying hormone therapy was she able to find a cure.

It was clear that Alan had to transition to Allie for the sake of her health. This has presented an enormous challenge for Allie and her family, but they are all supportive. Xxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxx is an inclusive employer, supporting all members of the LGBTQI community, and is fully supportive of Allies transition. XXX has provided staff training on LGBTQI inclusion, and the various Acts and regulations which prevent discrimination against LGBTQI people.

We welcome you to support Allie on her difficult journey, ask that you show her respect, please use female pronouns, and her legal name, Allie.
"

This will be available as a printed handout and a laminated copy will be placed on the general noticeboard. What do you think?

Allie
 

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I think this is a nice and supportive letter, and should help to get company wide acceptance for  Allie!
 

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Linde said:
I think this is a nice and supportive letter, and should help to get company wide acceptance for  Allie!

Linde, I already have company wide support, this letter is for the school teachers and general public who have known me and will notice I have transitioned.

Allie
 

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OzGirl said:
Linde, I already have company wide support, this letter is for the school teachers and general public who have known me and will notice I have transitioned.

Allie
Still a nice letter to explain the situation with as few words as possible!
 

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Allie, this is really cool. With my employer being located in Quebec which protects transgender employment rights, and my home state of Iowa being a state that protects employment for transgender people, I feel pretty confident that my employer won't give me any trouble. However, being in an outside business to business sales role, I am not terribly optimistic that my clients will be as supportive.
 

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Katie said:
Allie, this is really cool. With my employer being located in Quebec which protects transgender employment rights, and my home state of Iowa being a state that protects employment for transgender people, I feel pretty confident that my employer won't give me any trouble. However, being in an outside business to business sales role, I am not terribly optimistic that my clients will be as supportive.
I think that your clients will be mostly in pretty macho influenced industries, but one never knows, like my employer is very trans friendly.  The recently had a long and very positive story in their inter-company news service about one design engineer who is a trans woman.
Your territory covers the more liberal areas of the mid west, and you might have it easier than you think?
 

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Hi Allie,

That is fantastic. I'm so glad that Xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx is so very supportive. You must mean a lot to the company for them to go to these lengths to make sure you're happy. I really like that they request people use your legal name and pronouns!!

By the way my favorite letter in the alphabet is X, and it led me to find a name with an X in it for my own name. That's how I settled on Lexxi. So if I lived in Australia you can be sure I'd be fighting to get a job at Xxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxx where you work. Ha ha ha....

xoxo
Lexxi

 
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