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Relationships

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.

Support 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.

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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