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Family and friends Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

... OF A CROSS-DRESSING OR TRANSGENDER PARENT

Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999

How do gender identity issues affect juvenile and adult children of transgender people?How does one deal with the attitudes of others who disagree with telling young children? This article addresses those questions and some of the debate associated with this issue ...

ADJUSTING AND ADAPTING TO A PARENT'S TRANSITION

Article appeared in Polare 1, September 1993

As a 17 year old female who is travelling through puberty, when I was first informed of my parent's decision to change gender from female to male, I was devastated and shocked. It's an extraordinary step to take, yet I personally find it confusing and difficult ...

TWO DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

Pat is the father of a female-to-male adult child, and Lisa is the male-to-female transsexual parent of two young boys. Both have had to deal with challenging issues in their lives and both express a rewarding experience as they deal with their loved ones ... 

I AM WHAT I AM, BUT WHAT AM I?

Article appeared in Polare 28, December 1998

Jane has been an out Lesbian for over twenty years and involved in a monogamous relationship for over ten. She thought that she had seen it all until her then-lover informed her that she had always wanted to be a man. She shares her experiences in this article ...

WRITTEN TO OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS TO THE CONCEPT OF CHILDREN WHO DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH THEIR BIRTH GENDER

Article appeared in Polare 92, July 2012

Aneed has always existed for a book about transgender children, written and illustrated realistically but with both passion and compassion. Katherine Cummings reviews Be Who You Are by Jennifer Carr ... 

STORIES OF HEARTACHE AND TRIUMPH, CONFUSION AND CLARIFICATION, FINDING IDENTITIES AND TRANSCENDING LABELS

Article appeared in Polare 71, April 2007

What happens when people in a same-sex relationship come out as transgender?The people involved in this article express their, and their partner's stories of heartache and triumph, confusion and clarification, finding identities and transcending labels ... 

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT PARENTS OF GENDER DIVERSE CHILDREN

Article appeared in Polare 55, January 2004

Gender-variance and gender non-conformity refer to interests and behaviours that are outside typical cultural norms for each of the genders. Children with gender-variant traits have strong and persistent behaviours that are typically associated with the other sex ... 

A MOTHER'S JOURNEY TO SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Article appeared in Polare 60, November 2004

He's My Daughter by Lynda Langley shows that some parents and families do stay together, through all the perils of transition and more. Written by the mother of a transsexual woman in Australia, it poignantly presents a mother's tale of her son's transition ... 

BUT DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL STATE OR NEEDS OF OUR PARTNERS?

Article appeared in Polare 1, September 1993

Mood swings, increases in libido and self-obsession are but a few of the issues we confront in transition as female to male transgender people, but who cares about our partners and their needs? Does anyone really care about the emotional state or needs of our partners? ...

A WIFE, A FAMILY, A TOWN ACCEPT A MAN'S TRANSITION

Article appeared in Polare 66, January 2006

On a hot Saturday night last June, Don Brunner arrived home with his wife and took off the last suit and tie he'd ever wear. The next morning, the New Milford plumber glanced one last time in the mirror - still very much a father and husband, but no longer a man. This is a story about a family that could have spun apart, but instead pulled together ... 

IF IT GOES WRONG ... IT WASN'T LOVE!

Article appeared in Polare 49, December 2002

When gender becomes fluid, the path to true love becomes slippery. There is an assumption that love will go wrong if or when the gender identity or expression of one partner challenges the expectations that the other partner has of themselves and their partner ... 

GARETH'S EXPERIENCES AS A CHILD WITH A TRANS PARENT

Article appeared in Polare 42, October 2001

When Gareth was six years old, he realised that his father wore women's clothing. He says that it's a wonder he hadn't twigged before that his father would come home from work dressed as a man and suddenly mum would announce "Auntie Diane's coming for tea" ... 

HER DREAMS, HER EXPECTATIONS, HER DESIRES ARE IN TATTERS

Article appeared in Polare 46, June 2002

We've all talked about the initial reactions to our disclosures about our gender issues, but there is so much more to it than that. Kim's partner has been through hell with all of this. She formulated dreams of her own that were not for her so much as for her and Kim ... 

DISOWNING AND OTHER ABUSES OF TRANSCHILDREN

Article appeared in Polare 35, February 2000

The saying that parents always love their children is not always true. G.L.B.T. children are regularly disowned and the city streets are filled with them. They are the children who were caught dressing up at young ages and had their love and emotional support withdrawn ... 

RAMBLINGS OF A SCARED MIDDLE-AGED TRANSSEXUAL

Article appeared in Polare 6, February 1995

Although this article is called 'Observations',Rachael admits it would have been more accurate to call it 'Ramblings of a Scared Middle Aged Transsexual'. A month before her reassignment operation, Rachael writes of her transition and how her family have disowned her ... 

 
 
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