I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the choice actors or actresses have when they decide to "come out" publicly. When I did it, I got a lot of people genuinely asking why is it necessary? I'd had discussions often about the fact that straight people needn't "come out" and a personal life is personal, so why bother saying anything.
I probably post more selfies to social-media accounts than the average male. According to a recent study this would indicate that I may be more inclined toward psychopathic and narcissistic tendencies with a dash of self-objectification thrown in for good measure. I suppose that's fine by me, considering that, not so long ago, I despised the face staring back in the mirror.