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I work for a charity in the UK, I’ve been there for 21 years and am now one of the four longest serving members. In Feb 2020, I came out as a trans woman. I was very nervous at first but I needn’t have been as I was so lovingly accepted as Melanie, Woman.
Last month, we had a new chairman foisted upon us and he came to his first Branch Meeting. He had painstakingly instructed my manager on how to make name badges so he’d know who we were. Mine said Melanie in big bold black letters.
After a brief introduction, he looked me right in my eyes and said “only your name isn’t really Melanie is it” no question mark and very accustory and aggressively. I don’t know how I held myself together for the rest of that 6 hour meeting.
Us girls had a group hug in the car park after it was over. I made a formal complaint which was carried straight to our CEO, who is female and wonderfully supportive. I was trembling just before my phone interview as part of the investigation, had to go pee a dozen times. Yes, I did have a cry.
I must say, I’ve been overwhelmed with the level of support I’ve received: texts, emails and phone calls. It turns out this new chairman has come from a background of big business and thinks we should all be like him! No Way! He turned on someone who questioned him and he labelled them “dsylexic” for not agreeing with him and called one of our founder members “just a tea lady, who cares what you think”.
I shall find out next week the outcome of the investigation. I feel empowered now I’ve had the courage to stand up for myself ( and others). The whole committee will refuse to work under him. I feel like saying “take that, entitled attitude and white male priviledge!”.
I had a lovely girly night out last Thursday and I decided to dress up: black dress and heeled boots with a lacy basque and suspenders (garters) underneath. I felt so deliciously feminine and we had a great time.
I feel that I’ve made huge strides further on my journey into womanhood, leaving my troubled male past even further behind. I am so grateful that I have such a wonderful, supportive circle of friends, I’m really feeling their love.
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