First, just wanted to say I still live. A lot of stuff (non-lgbt) has been happening last few weeks so I have been quiet here. I just wanted to stop by and give an update though.
Jello had his first two job interviews. Both are with the same state agency, one as an auditor and one as a revenue agent. He looked really really good for his interviews (his first interview presenting fully as a man).
His first interview went well, they chatted with him and seemed to get along with him. However, at the end of the interview he warned them that some of his references may refer to him as a “her” and that he was transgender. He knew he didn’t have to, but he would rather be up front and if they are transphobic not work for them.
Evidently the shocked look wore away after he talked with them a little bit more. He doesn’t have a lot of hope for the position but I suspect they were more surprised then offended. This is the one he hopes he gets (as an auditor) but we both realize with that kind of reaction the odds aren’t good.
Jello’s second interview the next week as a Revenue Agent went better. They didn’t respond shocked at all and seemed fully accepting when he told them. He had a much better feeling out of that job interview (right now he will take anything). We both suspect that the other department called the interview team ahead of time (this is pretty common when both teams interview the same person and both teams knew he was interviewing with the other).
It was a rather frazzling experience for Jello, but he feels better about it (and so do I). I suspect he will have a job rather quick. I more want him to get a job to help his self esteem about the transition then for the actual money.