This was comforting to hear and I have not come back to her since we last had that very intimate discussion because the case is closed. Still I am comfortable with her knowing because I know she will continue to be discreet and because she is a very supportive person.
To her knowledge as global HR representative in a company of roughly 8,000 employees, I am the only one who came out to discuss this issue. My company has no other transgender people in it and that is not surprising since we represent a sliver of the general population.
Everyone who needs to know about me does and that includes my neighbours. Do I care what people think? Not in the least as I have passed that stage of my life now where that matters. I lived with anxiety about this for so long that I no longer care one whit. They don’t know what it’s like to be in my skin nor do they know about the challenges I have faced surrounding this issue over my lifetime.
I have found the key to treat my dysphoria effectively while remaining happy in my life as a male and that is a priceless and precious thing.