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Her story brought us together

June 2, 2023
Ellen S.
Ellen S.

Fannie Mae

Two years ago when a coworker fearlessly shared her experience as a trans woman on a company-wide internal blog, her powerful words resonated with me. It was heartwarming to see an outpouring of support for transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people from our colleagues across Fannie Mae. As I perused the comments, I realized that I was not alone in raising a trans child.

I reached out to another parent who had commented on the story and we quickly became a source of support for one another, exchanging stories about our kids' journeys and sharing resources that we found helpful. These include the Trevor Project, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Transgender Law Center. Fannie Mae also has an internal-facing LGBTQ+ Resource Center, which serves as a hub for information for LGBTQ+ employees and allies.

The support from other parents and members of our Live Openly Employee Resource Group has been invaluable. With a community helping me through challenging moments and celebrating the joyous moments by my side, I’ve watched my trans son transition from a depressed, socially struggling child into a thriving, strong young man. He plays varsity sports, sings in his school honors choir, and performs in school musicals. I could not be prouder of the person he is today!

Sharing our stories lets others know they’re not alone, connects our community, and celebrates the courage it takes to live as our authentic selves.

In our Employee Resource Group community, all are welcome to help with initiatives that positively impact the transgender confirming community, like the “Trans 101” training sessions for allies we rolled out this year.

If you are looking for a workplace that prioritizes inclusivity, I invite you to join us at Fannie Mae. Search open opportunities

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