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With small-town roots, an early marriage, and then kids, Ryanne Fox (she/her) never intended to be a trailblazer while building out a career as a software engineer. Yet more than a decade ago, after one year on the job at GoDaddy, Fox came out as transgender — the first to transition at the then early-stage company.
Fox considered leaving GoDaddy and starting fresh somewhere else post-transition, but the company’s broad nondiscrimination policy, which covered gender identity, promised a safe haven for remaining in the role. Nevertheless, this was uncharted territory. Fox worked with HR and company management to figure out a plan for bathrooms and healthcare, how to communicate the transition story, and lay the groundwork for policies that would support and protect future transgender colleagues.