I had my coming-out talk with my coworker today. We were originally going to talk yesterday, but the whole day just ended up weird, so we postponed until today.
It couldn't have gone better. I knew everything would go fine, and he reacted almost exactly like I expected. He had a couple of innocuous questions, which I was more than happy to answer. He offered a few suggestions regarding coming out to a couple of the other people in our group, which I didn't expect. But we ended up having a nice long conversation, and we left everything on a really good note. I have an ally at work now! Yaay me!
We did talk about the one thing that I did want to discuss with him, the managers of our group and their possible reaction to me. His guesses confirmed my own: I'm going to be fired instantly. There are a few things I can hope for, but I'm not really going to hold my breath for any of them.
On a personal note, the coming-out talk is starting to become a non-event for me. No, that's not quite the right wording... it's not nearly the stress-bomb event that it used to be. This morning, I had a few butterflies as I was getting to work, but they went away fairly quickly. Once we got out to walk to lunch (a good 8 or 9 blocks), it took me a few blocks to jump into what I had to say. So it's not completely stress-free, and I don't expect that it ever will be, but it's getting much easier.
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