ANSWERS: I have decided to live life as my target gender, how do I “come out” to my colleagues?
I have decided to live life as my target gender, how do I ‘come out’ to my colleagues?
Every individual’s journey is extremely personal. It is natural for people to ask questions but that does not mean that you have to answer anything you are not comfortable with and you should politely, but firmly, assert your boundaries.
However, we would encourage you to discuss your situation with your manager in the first instance so they can make arrangements to cover any absence, and how you can be supported during your transition. For example, some people would prefer to tell colleagues on an individual basis and others would like an email sent out to their colleagues.
By Zee Hussain, partner and Head of the Employment Department at Colemans-ctts