Having the support of a loving partner before, during & after gender transition can be incredibly important for many trans folks. Partners may provide emotional support when it’s needed, be a caregiver during surgery preparation and recovery, and advocate when rights & needs are not being recognized amongst many other things.
If you are partnered with a trans person (whether or not you are trans yourself), at some point you may want to reach out to meet other partners of trans folks, get further education and get support for yourself. Gender transition can cause a big shift in a romantic relationship – as the world around you may begin to perceive your partnership differently and you may begin to perceive yourself differently as well.
One of the best ways to support your relationship is to find support for yourself in whatever ways you can. Below some resources that may be helpful as you navigate relationships with and as a trans person.
Trans People in Love
Authors: Tracie O’Keefe and Katrina Fox
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, 2008
Welcoming our Trans Family and Friends: A Support Guide for Parents,
Families and Friends of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People
PFLAG Vancouver provides support for all family members and friends. They work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans children can live with dignity and respect.