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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.

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 They are the children who were caught dressing up at young ages and had their love and emotional support withdrawn ...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 ... 

MY CHILDREN HAVE ACCEPTED THIS JOURNEY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE

Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011

Jayke is transgender, female to male, gender-queer and bisexual. His thirteen-year-old son and four-year-old daughter have accepted his transition better than anyone. They are able to see the joy, confidence and contentedness he has found in being truly his whole self ...

FROM THE BOOK - TRANSFORMING FAMILIES: REAL STORIES ABOUT TRANSGENDERED LOVED ONES

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

Steve just turned eleven. His life revolves around rocketry, soccer, and improvising stand-up comedy routines in the kitchen. His parents are concerned about the changes puberty will bring, because they know how distressed he will be when breasts begin to develop ... 

VALUABLE LESSONS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS

Article appeared in Polare 20, August 1997

Inspired to share her valuable lessons about love and happiness, this is the story of Kas'F.T.M. journey through his lesbian partner's eyes. Kas told her of his intentions early on, but she still had trouble contemplating a future and wrestled with her own sexuality ... 

TRANSITION HAS IN IT MUCH WISDOM THAT DESERVES ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011

Being part of your child's life, interacting with the staff at your child's school, the management of their sports teams and other domains can present unique challenges for the transgender parent if a child encounters transphobia because of the fixed gender ideals others hold ...

BUT MOSTLY THE GOOD

Article appeared in Polare 71, April 2007

Kevin and his partner spent four years as a lesbian couple even having a commitment ceremony. After the ceremony, Kevin told his partner that he wanted to transition, and thus began the journey that led to this interview with his partner ... 

A PROJECT SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAKING

Article appeared in Polare 77, October 2008

Trans People in Love is a remarkable book that started with a pilot study of trans people and their partners. The final result reflects the care with which Katrina Fox and Tracie O'Keefe chose their subjects and the creativity with which they collected their material ...

JESS' MUM IS F.T.M. AND HER STEP-MOTHER IS M.T.F.

Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000

Jess is fifteen years-old and lives with her Mum and Step mum. Her mum is an F.T.M.and her step-mother is M.T.F. She's lived around transsexual people since she was seven and so she knows the community very well ... 

IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR PARTNERS WHO DON'T WANT TO STORM OUT OF THEIR RELATIONSHIPS?

Article appeared in Polare 47, August 2002

When her husband told her of his inner-turmoil, Meaghan was totally rocked.What would happen? Will the children cope? She didn't want to lose her husband and felt very alone. She just needed somebody to talk to, but who? ...

SEX AND GENDER DIVERSE COUPLES SHARE THEIR RELATIONSHIP EXPERIENCES

Article appeared in Polare 65, May 2005

This study involved sex and gender diverse couples that were asked about the coping and managing strategies that help them have relationships. The Analysis revealed areas in which psychotherapists can help those individuals and couples sustain loving relationships ...

 
 
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