workplace

‘Transitioning is not the same as just saying ‘I’m gay or I’m lesbian’ because people don’t have to out themselves if they don’t want to’

SOUNDBITES — “Transitioning is not the same as just saying ‘I’m gay or I’m lesbian’ because people don’t have to out themselves if they don’t want to. When you transition, it a physical transformation that people will absolutely begin to see over a period of time. The risk/stakes of this game are extremely high. You are really assessing the pros and the cons because there may not be a wealth of understanding. … I was facing a very dire challenge. I was an executive at the company dealing with very, very personal issues: loss of my family, my home, my friends and fear of losing my career and my job.” —Meghan Stabler, an IT executive with BMC Software, on her MTF transition journey in the workplace