Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Rachel Coy Blunk, an American transgender activist, the former Sheriff's Deputy in Pasco County. Hello Rachel!
I attended PHCC Community College and Graduated from the Police Academy and now I’m retired from Law Enforcement. I then went back to school, graduated, and became a Certified Microsoft Technician.
There was confusion (Understandable) by my Major and the Director of Human Resources about my transition. At first and on the surface they appeared to be supportive, but once I returned as “Rachel”, all changed, it was like I was an “Alien” from outer space and it seemed like co-workers who I’d worked with so many years started alienating me. I felt like my life was in danger after an incident with a deputy (We’ll Call him “Rick”) who was suppose to back me up on a Domestic. Rick responded as “Back-up” seen that it was my cruiser in the Suspect’s Driveway and didn’t help me when I called on the radio for help. Rick drove off and left me there.
I really didn’t know until after I finished fighting for my life to get my suspect arrested and put in the back of my police cruiser. My Lieutenant ended up calling me into his office after the incident to warn me about it and apologized for Rick.
Floyd is a retired Major from the Army and when he retired he owed five H&R Block Stores, and now his Children own them. All of his Children know of my background and everyone is okay with our marriage. We’ve been married now for 10 years as of today.
Be patient, set your mind to want you want to accomplish and stay on the path and don’t waiver from it. One day, it will happen and don’t give up.
Keep a Positive Attitude and don’t worry what other people say about you. And once you’ve accomplished and when you’ve reached your goal, remember if somebody slips up try not to take it to personal.