I'm still transitioning. I call it "transitioning" because I don't ALWAYS cover. : Reform Judiasm is a branch of Liberal/Progressive Judaism, but that means it has the same prejudices as modern feminism. There's a lot of thought that covering is anti-feminist or a step backwards. In the shul, while on-duty (I'm the Cantorial Soloist, so I'm a congregational leader), I usually cover with a bukhara kippah - traditionally men's headcovering, but much more acceptable than a tichel for some reason.
Otherwise, everyone knows me as the hippie. I'm a fan of bandanas and scarves, and I think since I'm still transitioning, not many people have noticed. I do get a lot of "You're not going Orthodox on us, are you?" Whatever.
smeis, I spent a week-plus at the Eylat Chayyim Retreat Center about 12 years ago, our meditation teacher was giving a seminar there, so we went. It was a wonderful experience, but the point is that we were just two of maybe six Orthodox people there, and three of those six were teachers/seminar leaders (whatever you'd call them) ... anyway, out of the several hundred people there that week, I was the only one with a tikhel. There were many women who wore kippot/yarmulkes, though.
I can't begin to tell you the attention my tikhels got. During one session several women just ganged up on me (literally), why I would oppress myself in such a way as to cover my hair. Why, I finally responded (tired of trying to be polite), do you wear a kippa? They each responded some variation of, to feel Jewish identity, to feel closer to G!d, okay. So why was my reason less valid than theirs?
And why was wearing a men's haircovering more valid to them/more 'religiously authentic' to them than wearing something traditionally worn by women?
It was very distressing.
Okay, sorry, just had to get that out. I feel better now.