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heartsHistory tells us that relationships in which one of the partners discloses their transgender status, or their intentions to transition, can experience some turbulence that may unfortunately become the catalyst for some uncertain outcomes. This is true not only for intimate relationships with partners, but also relationships between the transgender person and their parents, their siblings, their children, extended family and friends.

Fortunately, a number of trans women and their partners, family and friends have kindly put pen to paper in an attempt to make life easier for those who follow in their footsteps and encounter similar issues in their relationships that they already have.

Oftentimes the relationships that transgender people share with their loved ones strengthen following disclosure of the innermost feelings expressed by the trans person. Time given to listen and understand each other is of the utmost importance, and this goes for all relationships, not only those involving partners.

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LETTING HER KNOW WHAT LIFE IS LIKE FOR ME

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

Didi has four sisters and a brother, all have been accepting and supportive of her decision to transition in various ways and degrees. She shares this letter to her sister in which she attempts to let her know what being transsexual is actually like for her ... 

THE PINK BOY

Article appeared in Polare 87, April 2011

Sarah Hoffman is the mother of a pink boy.She writes and blogs about gender non-conformity and in this article she writes that as social acceptance of gay people grows, it's time to look critically at the disapproval of things we once thought were precursors to gayness ... 

HOW TO MAKE BABIES IN A TRANSGENDER RELATIONSHIP

Article appeared in Polare 84, July 2010

As society and governments slowly change their attitudes toward same sex and transgender relationships, Registered Nurse Maggie Smith takes a look at how to make babies in a transgender relationship including sperm-banking/semen-cryopreservation and egg-banking/oocyte-cryopreservation ... 

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 ...

MAINTAINING THEIR RELATIONSHIP IN PRISON

Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996

Polare Magazine explores the relationship between Wayne, 36 years old and has been in gaol for 17 years, and his girlfriend Cheryl, who first went to prison in 1969 as a transsexual when very, very young and feminine looking ... 

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 ...

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TRANSGENDER

Article appeared in Polare 80, July 2009

The Inner City Legal Centre introduces the 'Safe Relationships Project', an initiative that aims to provide a new domestic violence advocacy, information and referral service, a specialist service that offers court assistance and support for transgender people ... 

WHAT DO THESE CHANGES MEAN FOR TRANSGENDERS?

Article appeared in Polare 79, April 2009

The Federal Government has passed laws that recognise same-sex couples in de-facto relationships. This was an important law reform for the gay and lesbian community, but what do the changes mean for transgenders, Inner City Legal's Jasmin Hunter takes a look ... 

FOR THOSE WHO ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, LEGALLY MARRIED OR IN A LEGALLY RECOGNISED DE FACTO RELATIONSHIP

Article appeared in Polare 4, August 1994

Rachael Wallbank guides us through some of the legal issues faced by transgendered parents and those with gender issues with regard to child access, regardless of the length of the relationship, and also provides an explanation of how Family Law currently stands ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

SEX AND GENDER DIVERSE COUPLES SHARE THEIR RELATIONSHIP EXPERIENCES

Article appeared in Polare 65, October 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 ... 

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 ... 

MEANT FOR EACH OTHER FROM THE BEGINNING

Article appeared in Polare 72, July 2007

Depending on where we pick up Mike and Natasha's amazing story, it all traces back to their high school years. Both transgender. Both participating in an online chat room, they discover that they both attended the same high school and have since formed a relationship ... 

 
 
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