My transition journey
After a long struggle, in 2011 I decided to take advice on my gender dysphoria. In August 2012, I told the partners at my firm, Nymon Libson Paul, of my intention to transition.
The partners were surprised but supportive of my decision and wanted to retain me within the firm. We worked to create a strategy to manage the process with clients, staff and outside contacts, to ensure there was a smooth transition.
I’d planned to transition in May 2013. Unfortunately, in April, someone was indiscreet within the business which led to rumours circulating, so I decided to deal with it there and then. I sent an email to 300 staff, contacts and friends to explain that the following week I would be Isabella. I followed up with some information about gender dysphoria.
On the whole, the reaction was very good within the firm. Out of 100 colleagues, maybe two or three weren’t supportive – along with one or two clients, who we moved to other partners in the practice. Younger staff were incredible. I think it’s helped that I am senior within the practice; had I been more junior I don’t think it would have been as easy.