Dear Colleague,

Thats mewelcome to this Training. My goal is to provide you an enjoyable Training and enough Knowledge to improve your work. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

I need to ask you for a favor. At the beginning of the Training I will Introduce myself as Sandra. And I’d like to ask you to call me Sandra during this curse. Unfortunately, Skype/Messenger or Email are still reporting me with a different name. The reason is that I’m in the process of changing my name. In Germany this is till today, a very frustrating and time-consuming process. And Dell can’t change my accounts till this process is finished.

But why do I want to change my first name? I’m Trans*. A Trans-Woman to be exact. Maybe you have heard or read about Trans-People in the News, Movies or Articles. We are born with some physical/biological Characteristics which identifies us Male or Female. But as we grow up we realize we can’t live as such. We are something else, sometimes the opposite of what we are assigned to at birth. Over time the knowledge and feeling that something is wrong with us is building up and can cause stress, discomfort, aggression and in extreme situation even suicide. You can search for Trans, Transsexual or Male to Female on the Internet if you want to know more. Or we can have a short chat if necessary.

Dell is a very tolerant and progressive Workplace. My colleagues in Halle are aware of my Situation and very supportive. This will not affect the Quality and dedication I put in all my work. All I ask for is to use my preferred Name, Sandra.

Thank you and have a nice Day.