Hi, I am Hannah.
I haven’t always been Hannah. I was Michael for a while. Well, for my whole life, but that’s another story.
Now I’m Hannah. I recently came out as a transgender woman.
I think you’re supposed to come out to friends and family through a series of intimate, awkward conversations. I didn’t do that. I used the nuclear option for coming out: I did it on my podcast. Then through all the social media promotion around the episode.
I don’t know why I did it that way, or why I did it at all. It wasn’t something I’d planned on doing any time soon. If ever. But then over the course of a few days, the idea took hold and I just went with it.
I would say I was nervous about it, but I didn’t really have time to be. Which was probably for the best. But I have to say that telling the whole world at once turned out to be a good idea. Like ripping off a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage, or a strip of hairy wax.
I know it’s not something everyone can do, but the option was there for me, so I took advantage of it.
This lovely, innocent picture started it all.
I posted that on the podcast site when I missed an episode. I said, “Okay, stay glamorous. As you can see, I’m doing my part.”
I guess I expected someone to say something snarky or insulting, but no one did. Maybe the lack of a negative response encouraged me to spill the beans, as the kids say. I really don’t know.
All I know is the podcast was published less than a week ago, so this is all very fresh. I mean, the other people knowing part. Not the glamorous part. That’s been in there all my life.
I have a couple of other blogs, the podcast, all the social media accounts, but I don’t want them all to become a big trans-fest, so here we are. Off in a quiet corner. This is where I’ll talk about what’s what, what’s happening, what happened. All the what’s.