The transformation felt complete when a makeup artist enhanced my look. Afterward, I wanted to bury my men’s clothing – and the past. An enormous weight had been lifted. I was closing the chapter on the gender I was assigned at birth, and on the way to embracing my identity as a woman. It felt wonderful.
Outing to my family and others came gradually after that liberating occasion. Today, I have found my voice. I am determined to speak for others, not only on International Transgender Day of Visibility, but every day.
My motivation is to help others who are dealing with similar situations or watching loved ones go through what I endured. To live openly and authentically, transgenders need to realize they are not alone. They have colleagues and allies at Magna and beyond who are helping to shape an increasingly accepting workplace and world.
This special day acknowledges and celebrates the achievements and resiliency of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals like me.
International Transgender Day of Visibility also provides a time for us to show our gratitude for our allies at Magna and the members of our trailblazing Pride Employee Resource Community who are standing in support and solidarity with us. They are helping to empower, develop and recognize LGBTQ+ employees and attract new talent to Magna.