Both of them thought one of the most difficult--or at least intense--parts of my transition would be "coming out" in the college where I was teaching at the time. About 800 faculty members taught and mentored 17,000 students; even though I planned to announce my new name and identity only to my department chair and colleagues, and to all relevant administrators, I knew that word--and rumors--about it, and me, would spread quickly. I think that my therapist and social worker knew that would be just the beginning!
Still, if I include everyone in that college as well as family members, friends and others with whom I was in regular contact, I "came out" to, at most, about 30,000 people.
I can only imagine what it would like to come out to two million! That is what someone named "Alysha" did in introducing himself as "Freddie", a transgender male.
For three years, he'd been sending subscribers to DoSomething.org tips on recycling and other ways to do social good. Now, it seems, he is teaching by example: He talked about his struggles to come to terms with his identity and offered advice, encouragement or simply explanation to anyone who wants it.
He sure is doing something!