In August and September I began taking the legal steps to change my public identity. First I secured a court-ordered legal name change. Then I got a letter from my gender therapist to confirm my gender transition which allowed me to get a new driver's license with Theresa and an "F" for the sex indication. The next step was to take my new driver's license, my passport for proof of legal citizenship, another doctor's letter to confirm my gender transition and additional paperwork to get my identity records changed at the US Government Social Security Administration, giving me a new social security card as Theresa. With those documents in hand I could begin getting all my employment records and benefits converted to my new name and gender, and also change all my bank accounts, utility providers, store memberships, and a myriad of other smaller details. The last major legal step I yet need to take is to get my US Passport updated which I will do once my appearance has changed a bit more later this month.
As I edit this update it is Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, it is the day before my announcement at work. I will have a dinner this evening with a few executives from my company and one of my customers, to introduce them for the first time to me as Theresa. Tomorrow as they are hosting HR meetings to announce new HR policies for transgender people and announcing my transition, I will be entering a medical center to get surgery to repair a deviated septum, and improve the shape of my nose. I will take two weeks of medical leave to recover from that surgery and when I return on October 21st it will be as Theresa. I have been doing a secret "happy dance" inside all week as this day approached. After this afternoon I will never have to masquerade as "him" ever again. I will finally be able to get my hair colored and styled, pluck my eyebrows, and keep nail polish on my fingernails all the time. I will always and forever more be known in this world as Theresa, a female, the authentic me I should always have been; the painful burden of hiding gone and forgotten. I feel amazing!