I've recently come to accept that I'm transgender (MtF, male-to-female). I won't go into the exact details of this as it's personal, but I have a "girl mode" where I identify as a female. I'm also a researcher/lecturer at a respectable university. I'm yet to reveal this side of myself at work, but it's not impossible that my colleagues or students will run into me in girl mode e.g. at the mall.
Question: What are typical experiences of openly transgender academics?
I'd be particularly interesting in examples of successful academics who are openly transgender.
I know there are both legal protections and university policies which prohibit discrimination based on being transgender, but no policy can make people like you.
(Update: As things developed, I gave an answer to my question below.)