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    • September 28, 2018 8:52 PM BST
    • Welcome back Sarah, I feel like I have been here forever,   It's hard to empathise with someone who has lost somebody they loved and were loved in return. unless one has been through the same thing, I'm sure your GF would be proud of you, with a ''live your life to be happy''

    • September 19, 2018 10:19 PM BST
    • Welcome Sarah,

      I am sorry that you have lost somebody dear to you, but it is great that you are moving on.

       

      :)

    • September 13, 2018 11:03 PM BST
    • Hi Sarah

      Remarkably I have also been here for over 10 years. I have not had such misfortune and so have avoided being thrown into the deepest despair, but I have and continue to endure the gloominess of living afraid in the closet. You are young, don't ever forget but do chase Sarah and run everywhere with her.

      Rachel

    • August 22, 2018 10:58 PM BST
    • Hi Angharrad - Thank you :) I will try to be the best Sarah I can. 

      Hi Lucy - I remember you (your name stands out!) - you welcomed me warmly then too, thank you.

       

    • August 20, 2018 11:16 AM BST
    • Welcome back Sarah, I'm still here after more than 10 years!

      Good luck on your journey.

      xx

    • August 19, 2018 9:31 PM BST
    • Good luck Sarah, just aim to be the best Sarah that you can be, and be happy with that. A xx

    • August 19, 2018 8:42 PM BST
    • Hi everyone - I think as little as three weeks ago I didn't imagine I'd be here doing this. But... here I am having told all the important people in my life (well outside of family) that I'm transgendered, I always have been, and that I'm seeking to be referred to a gender therapist.

      I'm 35 years old now... I was first on this site under another name 10 years ago, when I had just come out to my girlfriend who was incredibly supportive. I didn't know the way life was going to go from then. My girlfriend became very very ill, both physically and mentally, before suddenly passing away just under 3 years ago. Something I am honestly still working through. She was just 32 and she was so wonderful, and became so not herself, incredibly so near the end. It's been so tough.

      The bi-product of all this was my girl side never got a real opportunity to breathe. Eventually she got put in a box. Life was complicated enough. I got depressed without really realizing it and completely let myself go. I hated what I saw in the mirror so I stopped looking in the mirror. I just... I dunno. I drifted for years. I kind of accepted that life would never be what I imagined it. 

      Now I'm 35, nearly 3 years out from my gf dying and I think I've reached a point where it's do or die... that is where my depression is. I feel like I have lost everything... but I want to gain back myself. 

      So I told all my close friends. Spent two weeks doing it. Everyone has been accepting and supportive. Astonished - I don't present in any discernible way as trans. I guess I've hidden it so well, even from myself. But it's who I am. I've known since I was 12, and it's been there since I was 6. I'm Sarah... I just don't know what kind of Sarah I am. I've never believed transition to be realistic for me. But now... I don't have any excuses. In any case... I am out of the closet now. Not sure there is any going back. 

      Which is terrifying and exciting all at once. But these are my first steps. And it's nice to be back. 10 years ago everyone was lovely here. I wish I'd stayed and explored this all better. But I am happy to do it now. There is a long road ahead of me and a lot of work to be done, and I'm hopeful I'll get some help and make some friends here along the way. 

       

       

    • September 11, 2018 1:43 AM BST
    • Hello Poppy and congratulations!! That is awesome and I am happy for you. You have been very progressive in your efforts and it is great to see such grand support. One step at a time and all the best in your journey!!

    • September 9, 2018 8:33 AM BST
    •  

       Hi there.

      When I finally admitted to myself that I was transgender and not just a crossdresser I went to my doctor and said I think I may be transgender and he replied "I know you are transgender" (I had been wearing skirts for around 10 years but always told people that I just preferred them to pants) and straight away he phoned our local gender identity clinic and they gave me an appointment for in 1 month's time to the day I asked for a letter so I had proof I was transgender and living full time as female which he did straight away and gave it to me.

      I left there and went home and wrote out a Deed Pole and then told all of my family who were all ok with it then sent copys of the deed pole along with copies of the doctors letter to change my driving licence, passport, bank details ECT the only one who caused a problem was PayPal who wanted something official  it took me several weeks to get them to change my details, the one I expected to be a problem was the army for my pension but they changed my details without a problem even the DSS were not a problem and changed them over but due to my date of birth there was not any difference between male and female pensions or retirement dates.

      My photo is from when I first came out June 2012 but since then I have gained around 10 Kg.

      I think it just depends on who you deal with, as my doctor was quite young and only just out of training he knew the new rules relevent to gender identity and did not try to cause delays in getting me a appointment with the GIC (gender identity clinic) unlike most other people I have heard of.

      The clinic had me wait for 6 months until they put me on HRT I went for an appointment to see if I could have gender reassignment  and was told I could I had the funds from my local NHS area but I had to lose around 15 Kg but due to my disability I could not loose anything and even gained more weight so I will just have to stay the way I am which does not bother me much I am happy with the way I am.

      regards Poppy Ann 

    • September 9, 2018 12:49 PM BST
    • Hi Nathalie

      You sound so much like I was when married slowly trying to get away with wearing more and more feminine clothes, my wife use to complain about the clothes I wore I use to always ask her if a item was ok or not and if she said no I would leave it but in the end I went to far and we were out and she said people keep looking at us and think we are a gay couple but that she was the butch one not me and this brought my crossdressing to a final demand that either stoped or she would leave me so as I loved her I stoped again but not long after that she told me she was leaving me for a friend of ours who left his wife as well, so as she asked me to divorce her I agreed as it was what she wanted in the end I downloaded all of the forms from the internet filled them in got her to sign them I put them into our local county court along with £60 in 6 weeks it came back granting the divorce Nicki after that I paid an extra £20 waited 2 months and received the decree absolute and that was the end of 24 years of marriage  it was most likely the most simple divorce on record after a year of working I thought I don't know why I was bothering I had a 4 bedroom house with just two of us living there as my son had stayed with me but was in the process of buying his own house so I decided so pack in work sell the house and go sailing around the Caribbean which I did for 10 years.

      sorry I wandered off subject for a while I wanted to say from all the people I have talked to all were ok with me and accepting that I was transgender but when asked if they would be ok if their husband came out as transgender and all of them said no it is ok for other people but not for them so I would advise that if you want to stay married then you will have to not go to far with the crossdressing but if the crossdressing changes to being transgender then you may have to accept that the marriage may be lost.

       

      Good luck to you finding which is better for you.

      Regards Poppy Ann 

    • January 8, 2018 8:16 AM GMT
    • I was in an identical scenario, where my partner was accepting of me cross-dressing but not taking it further. The first thing I did was get her a counsellor to help her cope with what I was asking. 

      I found a really good article of someone else going through a similar phase as us (good news is we aren't alone), she explained something very fundamental about the honesty and authenticates of her actions, both past and future, helped me to articulate my own thoughts and frame the situation:

      https://www.facebook.com/Misty.Rei/photos?pnref=lhc 

      http://fatedendeavor.livejournal.com/

    • January 3, 2018 5:00 AM GMT
    • Hi,Nathalia. Hope we can all help. I'm lucky ,My wife is supportive of  me being cd/tg... It was difficult at first .She was frightened ,thinking I didn't love her any more. We have been able to work out limits that we can both live with. We've become involved with and made friends with other couples like ourselves. Parties, and outings as a group have helped. Part of our arrangement is to find things we can do together as a 'vanilla' couple. For us ,it works. YMMV! Hugs Jan.

    • December 27, 2017 2:06 AM GMT
    • Hi Sweetie,

      I have never written here before so I am not even sure if this is going to come out right.  But here we go...

       

      I don't know remember you saying how long you have been married but I am pretty sure she will feel a sense of betrayal by you hiding things from her. Marriage is an intimate level of trust, a bond that shouldn't be broken.  When betrayal hurts the most is when it comes from those closest to you, those whom you trust because it is where you least expect it to come from.  It is ludicrous at best and even a moot point to ponder what you should have done, way back when.  On that point you are beating a dead horse.  What's done is done and cannot be changed.  If you are going to move ahead you can't look back, i.e., you can't steal 2nd if you're looking back at 1st.

       

      I think you need to be honest with her but you need to phrase your words carefully and truthfully.  There are several things to consider.  When dressed, do you look like a cross dresser i.e., nothing more than a guy living out his fantasies dressed in woman's clothes, or a drag queen, or something that just waltzed out of Ringling Brothers?  In other words, something she would be embarrassed or ashamed of to be seen with or would she be proud to be seen in public with you? Do you try your best to be the best looking woman you can be?  Look at pictures of great looking TSs and compare yourself, learn from them.  I say, if you want to win her over, set the bar high and go for it.

       

      However, looking great may go against what you are trying to accomplish, especially if she is self-conscious about herself, her looks, or her body and if you look better than her. Most women are insecure about something. I knew a woman who was very self-conscious because she was flat-chested and reacted very negatively because her cross dressing husband not only looked better than her but had larger boobs. How confident is your wife about herself, her looks and sexuality? Would she see it as a threat or is she confidant and strong enough in herself to have fun with it as I have know several women have done so? I had a friend whose wife told him, “I married a man, not a woman. I am not a lesbian.” Whether or not we merit that as a valid point is of no account. What matters is how she perceives it. That is her reality, what she has to live with.

       

      There are two dogs within you viciously fighting for dominance. Which one will win? The one you feed most. If your wife will not put up with a cross dressing man, you are going to have to make a choice and stick to it. This will be hard. In many ways divorce is worse than death if she is the love of your life. You need to decide what you love more, your wife/marriage or cross dressing.  If you decide to stay and work on the marriage you need to put all your energies into her and on that marriage relationship and don’t feed the other dog. Turning all your energies toward her may turn her on and she may give back more than cross-dressing every could, if she feels special and that she is first in your life, your true partner. If she really feels as you say she feels, I don’t think you can have your cake and eat it too. Cross dressing will not fulfill you anywhere near a true loving marriage relationship will. Both of you will have to give 100% towards each other.  You are each others half. You are truly partners, connected on so many levels.  Cross dressing doesn't even come close. Sure I could tell you it is going to be easy and tell you what you want to hear. But a friend will tell you when your zipper is down or you’ve run your nylons in back. Friends who tell you what you want to hear are a dime a dozen and not worth your friendship.

       

    • December 18, 2017 4:56 PM GMT
    • How do you begin revealing to your adult children? Now that a part of me is revealed (labelled “cross dressing”) I want to talk more about it. The fact that my wife brought it into the open recently with my (adult) daughters, has (surprisingly for me) been a big relief. They also want to be part of the discussion LOL, though they are concerned I am embarking on a voyage that will take me away from them. There is also a curious excitement within me to share everything about me and my feelings, but that would be far too much for anyone to digest. There is a lot for anyone to get their head around. They will be home for the holidays soon and they have said let's talk about it then. I had a plan to dress gender fluid / young. eg super tight jeans or even to continue my new "at home" outfits with black opaque tights. The idea is to show that it is not scary/ horrible / weird and to ask for this part of me to be accepted, but I'm rethinking as it might "shatter" the image of me that they have; I don't want to shatter, rather to reveal gently and slowly. Still, as a part of me is now revealed, and labelled cross dressing, I am sure it will become a topic of conversation. The question for me is what and how much to say. Can anyone make some recommendations on the next steps in coming days?

    • December 18, 2017 4:36 PM GMT
    • I go in waves; some days calm & confident, then angst-filled & depressed. Today I'm calm and confident and feeling good after reading all these messages. It made me think a lot. You helped me realize that there is possibly another way; my wife said “you cannot have your cake and eat it - why can't you be normal; I can't live with a TV; I want a man” and I thought it automatically meant I had to move out to be me - but you've given me hope that it could work (BIG "could") and the key is go slowly, accept some limitations. My eyes have also been opened to seeing it from her point of view -  I was so selfish and had periods of being obsessed and consumed by the thinking, the urge, OMG how strong that urge can be sometimes - resisting it has caused me so much angst & depression in the past; almost driven me to.... well let's not go there. I know it is a small step but just having my wife accept that I can walk about the house in tights / shorts has been really helpful. I am going to say a big thank you to her.

    • December 18, 2017 2:17 PM GMT
    • Hi Nathalia...

      Once I learned to accept myself as myself and truly learned to love myself just the way I was, confidence became easy...if you're unsure of yourself in public, perhaps spend time in a crowded mall or city avenue where you can observe others for long periods.  you'll discover many enlightening things such as most people are caught up in their own world and do not actually "see" what's around them.  you'll also notice how women move, how they comport themselves, their posture, their arm motions, the way they speak, etc.  Try to blend in rather than make a statement with your dress and actions.  Wear age appropriate clothing and just walk around acting like you belong on this planet as much as anybody else.  You see, people notice when others are uncomfortable and begin to look much closer at them.  That is when it is really difficult for us.  Avoid kids...they have special radar!  LOL  Just relax hun and go about your business...it really gets a lot easier...

      Traci xoxo

    • December 18, 2017 10:43 AM GMT
    • Traci, Cristine, thanks sooo much for all this useful info. I have to admit I am still digesting all the scientific writing. I totally get the heteronormativity and constructionist pieces. The etiology piece, even though a synopsis, had me confused but I will read again. There is so much more to me than I originally thought. I always thought I was different, and have always been compelled to be different, mostly in subtle ways, but I believe in myself - I have always derived confidence from this attitude, but it can take a knock when it confronts heteronormativity - I am my own special creation.

      Traci your story is wonderful. Thanks again for sharing it; I had found it some time ago and thought that would be an amazing place to arrive at, a compromise that allows me to be me, and for me to be with my wife as we do adore each other really.

      One of the biggest obstacles in my mindset is a huge fear of the public, and a lack of confidence in going out, probably because of my own nurturing, and the heteronormative conditioning that says this is wrong. I am conflicted in my own thinking. How do I work on overcoming this? do I just disregard everyone one around me and care less or not at all about their fixed binary views??

      Nathalia

    • December 14, 2017 5:17 AM GMT
    • Thnx Crissie!!!  You know how I feel about you girl! (smile)

      xoxo

    • December 13, 2017 10:39 PM GMT
    • I know I have posted and shared my thoughts and experience on this very topic many, many times.  It's in the archives but perhaps not so readily apparent.  I will share it again, albeit a briefer synopsis.  To those who are confused or are seeking answers, just look up me and my posts...while there might be 500 or more, only some pertain to this.

      OK...I'm happily married almost 38 years but have had severe gender dysphoria since age of 3 or so...I have dressed all of my life and it is only in the past 10 years that I went "all in" and 8 years on HRT.  Like so many of you, I want to keep my marriage intact as my wife is my best friend among other things.  She is the thing I hold most dear in my life...

      Growing up, (I'm 67 now) I felt I was alone and saw no light at the end of the tunnel despite dreaming every night of waking up to find I had physically morphed to a female.  It was on and off regarding dressing and marriage put a temporary halt to this.  But I never felt different inside, just felt I'd make the best of it and do all I could to make myself in a male role.

      I kept this from my wife until 10 years ago and then dropped the bomb on her...lots of teary discussions but one thing remained constant and that was I made sure she knew I loved her and that I would never change.  Over time, despite my obvious physical morphing from the HRT, the far more feminine outward appearance (hair, smooth, soft, clear skin, nails, andro clothing), and all, she began to see that I would not "change" as me despite all of the changes.  This led to discussing what were considered "boundaries" that she could be OK with and what she couldn't tolerate.  What was most amazing about the hormones was not the physical morphing and breasts and butt and all, but rather the mental changes.  I had begun to lose the "need" to present or dress as female.  Heck, I was one and my mind was at peace!  I'd found my ultimate "happy place" inside and virtually all of my lifelong anger, aggression, anxiety, and angst over my gender issues just melted away.  and I've also learned that while one does "change" physically, you will still be "you" inside.  So if you carry life baggage (non-gender) into transition, that is not going to go away.  You're still going to be you!!!!  It was quite liberating to say the least!

      So by discussing what was "acceptable" or not, we came up with a series of "compromises".  You see, my wife loves me like I love her...neither wanted us to part, ever!!!  And the compromises were actually skewed in my favor meaning I could live as Traci everyday for as long as I needed, just not in front of her, the grown children, our neighbors, or social circle!!!  Geez, that was quite a wonderful thing as I'm retired and am free to pursue whatever I wish...each of us have mutual friends but we also have our own circle of friends totally apart from each other.  There was little or no chance of running into each other.  (We live in a metropolitan region of over 2 million)  My outside hobbies/interests keep me in the circle of music, art, and the likes...My wife gives me "space".  Therefore, I'm up each morning and out the door doing whatever any other woman might...I return whenever I'm done but generally spend about 4-8 hours out.  I also spend quality time with her daily because I love being with her...

      So to sum it up, yes, to rush into transition and drop the bomb on the world is a recipe for total disaster.  do allow others to transition SLOWLY with you.  Also, in order to keep what you have, do not make demands expecting the world to understand and agree with you.  It is not as easy as black and white.  Accept a lot of "grey" in your world until things become "normal".  Do discuss in bits and pieces, slow steps at a time in order to process everything, your thoughts and take on it all while being completely cognizant of the woman in front of you and her feelings.  If you wish hold on to her, do think about compromises and boundaries and "negotiate" gently.  I've found that for every step I give up, she's allowing me two steps forward.  In time I'm going to be exactly where I ought to be and until then, I'm very much in love and living a wonderful life!

      Hope this helps...

      Traci xoxo

       

      As a moderator I can add to or edit individual posts.    This posts is probably one of the best personal, profound, honest things I have ever read.   I think this is the first time I have added directly to a personal post.    I felt it deserved a special direct endorsement not some insignificant follow up.    I have know Traci from this site quite a few years, someone I respect and watched evolve into the wonderful person she has turned out to be.

      Cristine Shye.

    • December 13, 2017 5:27 PM GMT
    • 44. In sum, gender identity, whether consistent or inconsistent with other sex characteristics, may be understood to be “much less a matter of choice and much more a matter of biology” (Coolidge et al., 2000). The scientific evidence supports the paradigm that transsexualism is strongly associated with the neurodevelopment of the brain (Zhou et al., 1995; Kruijver et al., 2000). It is clear that the condition cannot necessarily be overcome by “consistent psychological socialisation as male or female from very early childhood” and it is not responsive to psychological or psychiatric treatments alone (Green, 1999). It is understood that during the fetal period the brain is potentially subject to the organising properties of sex hormones (Kruijver et al., 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003). In the case of transsexualism, these effects appear to be atypical, resulting in sex-reversal in the structure of the BSTc, and possibly other, as yet unidentified, loci (Kruijver, 2004). The etiological pathways leading to this inconsistent development almost certainly vary from individual to individual, so no single route is likely to be identified. Different genetic, hormonal and environmental factors, acting separately or in combination with each other, are likely to be involved in influencing the development of the psychological identification as male or female. Psychosocial factors and cultural mores are likely to impact on outcomes (Connolly, 2003).
      Gender Differences in Human Brain: A Review Z.F Zaidi The Open Anatomy Journal, 2010, 2, 37-55
      CONCLUSION The male and the female brains show anatomical, functional and biochemical differences in all stages of life. These differences begin early during development due to a combination of genetic and hormonal events and continue throughout the lifespan of an individual

    • December 13, 2017 5:16 PM GMT
    • Gender may well be the most basic element that makes up human personality. In fact, gender is so basic to our identity that most people mistakenly assume
      our sense of being male or female is defined with absolute certainty by our anatomical sex. Contrary to popular belief, one’s sense of gender and one’s anatomical sex are two distinct elements each developing at different times in different parts of the body.   More theories surround what causes Gender Identity Disorder and where it originates. These theories are sub-categories in two very popular sociological theory bases, Social Constructionism and Essentialism (Stein, 1999).

      What started out as a criticism of socially constructed roles developed into a theory of gender, which denied Essentialism Gender Identity Disorder 50 in every form, stating instead that society took the biological differences of procreation, and instilled in them an artificial behavioral difference. The theory denies that there is any natural basis for gender identity. Thus, it denies to transgender people any rational cause, while at the same time presenting no reason why not. To some authors this meant that transgender people were free to express themselves in any manner they chose since all gender expression is a valid as any other. Only societal convention stands in the way of such freedom. Such conventions can be modified by the society as is deemed desirable. To some, all such restrictions are to be avoided in a live and let live ethos. Other authors, Janice Ramond and Germain Greer, being notable examples, saw male-to-female transgender people as exploitive of women, supporting the artificial sexist forms that oppress women. It is interesting that in this regard they exhibit a hidden Essentialism, one that focuses on the genitalia as defining classes of human beings. They decried the restrictions on one class, while despising those of the other class when they break those very restrictions


      Still the existence of transgender people poses a challenge to the social constructionist theory. One must explain both why gender identity exists, how it is perpetuated, enforced, and why some rare individuals chose to express a gender identity at odds with socially prescribed gender expression norms.

       

    • December 13, 2017 5:01 PM GMT
    • I have written articles and put together articles by reputable researchers. long read but to me worthwhile.

       

      https://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/7790/synopsis-of-the-etiology-of-gender

       

      https://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/7805/heteronormativity

       

      https://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/9870/cns-brain-male-feminisation

       

       

    • December 13, 2017 4:50 PM GMT
    • Does anyone have links to any useful articles for my situation that I can share with my wife, coz she's looking and I am sure finding UNhelpful ones ??

      Thanks to all again. You're so supportive! yes I am complex, :-) and I understand transitioning has to feel absolutely right, so I'm not rushing anywhere at the moment,  I'm rather going with the flow. Actually I feel soooo much better for having had this forum conversation.

      Cristine, you're so right, and thanks for the song! I can relate to that.

       

      NatXXX 

    • December 13, 2017 4:04 PM GMT
    • A lost soul, nobody can tell you what you have to do, ''there are a few ''go for it'' types, the onus is upon the person, to think over how it will reflect on their own lives, calculating the losses and the gains.

       

      All therapists trained in Gender Disorder issues will state, for genuine GID there is no cure, in the old days, electrical aversion therapy was a failure.    Which might have worked for the fetish group who got sexual kicks from wearing feminine clothes.

       

      Nobody must tell anybody they have to go for it, but as a group we must support and offer advice and a what to do to make it easier once a person has chosen to transition,   It would destroy me personally if someone was to come back on here and blame me for pushing them into something that destroyed their family, careers, whatever,

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc6Ijrkm4Y0

    • December 13, 2017 2:00 PM GMT
    • The hard part is losing the weight. If I could only stop drinking beer...lol.

    • December 13, 2017 1:47 PM GMT
    • Hi Nathalia.  Having read your posts since my last I have realised that your situation is far more complicated than my own. I guess that the biggest difference is that my wife has been with me throughout my journey form me first asking for nice lingerie as a birthday present back in my early 30's. I too am now drifting in to full time dressing and am going to see a doctor to discuss this part of my life and maybe get more of a handle on it next week. However I feel that I am nowhere near wanting to fully transition but this drift does worry me a little. I do however have one last piece of advice:

      It is a perplexing fact that a well turned out fit / slim cross dresser (even rather flat chested) will tend to fulfill our societies idea of a perfect female shape more than a borne  female with the curves / cuddly bits that come with family etc. Ironic considering that we generally want to be more curvy! The only times that my wife has been upset were when she felt that I was more feminine than she felt at that point. Often this coincided with periods etc and I have learned to be very careful not to push her in to a bad comparison corner. Even leaving off dressing in her company for extended periods while she lost the few pounds that were causing an issue. Oh and LOTS OF NONE PHYSICAL LOVE! Might be worth thinking about? Good luck, Robyn xxx

    • December 12, 2017 1:50 PM GMT
    • At least you were honest with her.

    • December 12, 2017 2:32 AM GMT
    • Christine has given you some blunt, down to earth, truth about what transition really means. I came out to my wife in 2006 that I was trans and had been on hormones for 1 1/2 years at that point. It did not go over well, but I fought hard to keep our marriage together. I told her I could stop hormones, that lasted one week. As she began to accept my circumstances I told her I could just go back and forth from dressing as a woman and living as a man. In 2008 I went full-time. When I went full-time and she was forced into a position of having to tell others, they told her to run. Likewise people in my life told me I should divorce and move on. Nonetheless I continued fighting to keep our marriage together. After going full-time I told her I could live without having my SRS. In 2010 I went to Thailand and had my surgery with one of the finest surgeons in the world. In 2011 I sat down and told her I wanted to experience men. Somehow we seemingly stayed together, but our relationship was no longer easy to define. We were not husband and wife. Sisters? She already had sisters. Friends, roommates, etc. We had become two different people. As I moved forward in my new life she tagged along, but the reality is she was lost back when it all began and became very depressed. Our divorce was final in 2016.

      I think that is the domino effect your wife worries about. It's real, it happens to a lot of us whether we want it to or not. I've been fortunate and enjoy a good life as a woman. I can only hope one day my now ex-wife will live a good life. 

    • December 11, 2017 12:36 PM GMT
    • Dear Nathalia

      To be honest I have no set plans at the moment and just go with the flow.  I was hoping to attend a LGBT night out but this looks to be out of the question at the moment, due to her fears of me being found out and the issues that could cause her and the Kids, and also the kids are ill with coughs and colds and they need sympathy and tissues. But there will be other chances and opportunities so I cant just be selfish as others have needs as well. 

      I found that pushing things was not good in a number of ways, I got angry and frustrated and that made me feel worse about myself.  Also I hated putting my wife under pressure and I found that I was becoming selfish and distant.  My wife is the same where she doesn't want to see me as Sara, though she has seen pictures of me and the occasional bumping in to me at home when she allows me time. 

      Having decided that I would stop pressuring her and being selfish, I went with the flow.  Then one day she was having a sort out of clothes for the charity box and I was helping her and some bits were too good to give away so she just passed them to me.  The make up thing happened as she was fed up of the mess I would make with the powders and so she gave me some ideas.  We then were shopping as man and wife and we were in a ladies shop with her trying on things,  I got bored and started looking through the dresses and then suddenly she was at my shoulder.  It was lovely when she turned round and said it was a lovely dress and though it wouldn't suit her I should get it.  Now I have some scarfs and live off hand me downs from both her and my daughter (which is sweet).

      Like any relationship it is compromise and listening to each other.  I always feel bad for her as she married a man in all senses and this is difficult to her though she does acknowledge the distress I can find myself in at times. 

      As I have said I am just going with the flow, I try to educate myself as much as I can to understand where in the rainbow I fit and am comfortable with.  I have found that there is a lot of pressure to just divorce go your own way and transition fully,  but its not for everyone and can be more damaging in the long run.  Though there is little scene here I talk to several transgenders on various sites and have been inspired by their journeys and humbled by their advice. 

      In our "day lives" we can be come jealous of others or down about our situation wanting to be, more successful, better jobs, more kids, more money, fancier clothes and have a sexier wife on our arms, the reality is this too can be only a fantasy due to our negative thoughts about ourselves.  The same is true of transitioning we can have all the pin ups and want to be them, the reality is that there is only so much a surgeon can do with what we have, you can't suddenly be your favorite female star.  We can also be left by transitioning to whatever stage,  further isolated by friends, families have trouble finding and keeping jobs.  As such you should listen to your psy, knowledgeable people and make sure within your own self you are ready and happy to make the next step.

      hopefully this helps you and others

    • December 11, 2017 10:14 AM GMT
    • Hi Sara,

      Thanks for dipping into this one! Your wife sounds very progressive, by shopping with you for clothes etc her. My wife and I are very progressive thinkers, but what seems to block her is the simple reason that she is attracted to men and wants me to be a man /manly.  I told her the other day that because she is the very bestest friend I have, I wanted to be open with her as my friend. I think she appreciated that. I was perhaps misguided by wanting to have her (as my wife) see me at home in a dress /tights etc.  One of the issues is that if she cannot accept me for who/what I truly am, then I am compelled to hide it, be secretive, and that is not good for me; it reinforces a psychological fear that it is “unacceptable”, and makes me fearful of being “found out” and that feeds more anxiety. And so the spiral continues. I want to break that cycle. I have often thought of leaving but that is driven by a fear fright/flight reaction to difficult situations. I do so much want her to understand me and to accept all of me, so I can be myself. I understand her reaction about wanting to see me as a man (only) and I am sure we can work on some rules, but at the moment I see it a long way off that she will accept that I dress or go out en femme. You know that would relieve a huge anxiety for me: when I think about going out, the fear of being found out (by her) is powerful, and that feels like restraining me, so I get frustrated, and I hate it. Maybe it is best to go slowly; my psy says don’t go too far too fast. And my wife also says don’t push me. She has said the tights are ok, but I don’t (yet???) want to see you in makeup and a dress. LOL. What are your plans for next steps, and do tell me how you managed to reach an agreement about shopping for clothes and makeup?

      XXX Nathalia.

    • December 10, 2017 6:50 PM GMT
    • This is such a great thread and just reading it I felt a lump in my throat and my eyes filling up.

      I have the same issues about being myself or what I feel is my true self.  I too struggle with my wife and how she views me, she sent me to the Doctor a while ago in the hope that he would just say I was kinky or had a fetish and I would grow out of this fascination she was upset and confused when I came back with the news that the doctor believed me to be bi-gendered and that to help with my anxiety I should try to be more my true self. Over time she has allowed me to shop with her for clothes and cosmetics but does not want to see me as I feel I am and she does not want me to go out as I am and certainly not to town, which is very difficult. 

      Its been a slow process to get this far with many times feeling it was two steps forward three steps back.  Like you my wife is my soul mate and best friend and so I try to keep her feelings in view and abide by her wishes and just keep talking and reassuring her.

    • December 8, 2017 1:06 PM GMT
    • Christine,

      I can share with you my childhood story for your research / info, I prefer to do that separately 1 to 1.

      Yes your spot on: it is not just cross dressing or pervert; there is something else deeper in there. For the time being I am trying to calm things down with my wife, and have a conversation; though that is not easy as it easily goes off the rails; she says she has had “too much to put up” (though she knows only a tiny part of what I have been going through all these years). I have managed, but with plenty of ups and downs, and deep downs too. I do need to understand more from her side; as you say, she wants a man, not necessarily a butch macho type, but a protector, so she gets unsettled with long nails, shaved legs, but has put up with it. I think she also feels unloved, though we can have a great laugh together and think th same on many things. However, I am constantly distracted, and having moods and swinging wildy from being great husband, gardener, homey etc to being restless and “unstable”.

       

      The articles you sent are helpful.  The other major thing is that we have reached a major milestone as kids have left home to uni / work, and we are struggling with finding new things to do together as a couple, we’ve kind of lost our way: she is content to be at home, with her role as non-working (she resents that situation) being wife, mother, housekeeper, nice home and garden stuff, but I have a wild side that wants go to go out, like I said, to enjoy company lights music fun bars etc. When I feel down  I tend to swing to my alter ego and become obsessed with my fem side, maybe as a sort of escape from reality, for comfort -  I feel calmer there, but constantly feel watched, judged by others which is disconcerting, and that then  makes me a bit paranoid, and the cycle starts over again; it’s not helped by my rejection hang-up, I’ve always wanted from childhood to be loved, and didn’t feel it, and wanted therefore always to please people, everyone in fact, which I’ve learned ( late in life) to be never possible, so when I get a push back, a criticism, it wounds me. I’ve definitely got some complexities, and find it real hard to keep on a constant, a level keel, solid path. Sorry about the complexities. J I’m kinda pouring it out now… but without getting it properly ordered. Maybe you can make sense of it.

      XXX Nathalia

    • December 7, 2017 9:06 PM GMT
    • Been there, done that. I reached the point of no return so the decision to come out was easy. My life is number one, period. By coming out, your intentions are good, not bad. You need to live your life and want her to continue to be part of it, and vice versa. If you sit down with her, and calmly explain to her you love her and need to discuss something with her, the best you can hope for is total acceptance. The only thing you have to lose by hiding, is your sanity. The only thing you have to gain by coming out is your sanity.

    • December 7, 2017 6:35 PM GMT
    • I was'nt judging you, far from it,   I was pointing out you might have a more serious condition than being a cross dresser or some sort of sexual deviant, which is generally the conclusion wives arrive at.    

      After a very unhappy childhood,   I had to learn more, I had a need to know, one of the reasons I stay on as a member here, I have studied clinical and physcological reasons for gender dysphoria  had a couple of papers published, some people don't care, they just do it or don't do it,   Some of the posts in the link I gave above, were not empathetic, my honest opinion which I stated in the last post, people with the condition we have tend to suppress it, lead a ''normal'' life, I never believe there is a deliberate attempt to be devious.

       

      One couple I helped on here read some of my work, and eventually had their marriage converted to a same sex marriage when that option became available in 2010, if the spouse is willing to at least try and understand the complexities of the issues at hand, sometimes the marriage does not continue, another couple are now like sisters as opposed to being man and wife.   Transphobia does'nt just affect us, it affects wives and families as well, as in friends and family ''If that was my son I would throw him out ''how can you live with a weirdo like that''   ''if that was my husband I would leave him''  

      My father, caught me in bed wearing my sisters nightie, I was thrown against the wall kicked and punched, broken sternum, broken jaw and a broken wrist, I was a a pervert, a sissy boy, ''not in this family'',  I was 12 years old.  I later learned from my studies the condition I have was passed on to me by my mother, who also rejected me.

       

      Some people say they are pleased they are trans, No, they might be happy making the best of the cards they were dealt, but life would have been much simpler if they were dealt a matching pair. 

       

      https://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/7805/heteronormativity

    • December 7, 2017 5:24 PM GMT
    • Hi all, thanks so much for engaging with me on this. It is really helpful. On who did she marry, I get your point and no, I’m definitely not a builder- welder-beer swilling lout, no way:  I am much closer to the other:  but not yet with kittens LOL. My wife knows me as an intelligent caring considerate responsible & trendy guy with a “weird” streak, often thought was a “a bit gay” but for majority of time an ok guy. Before we married I wore tights and skirts at home on the odd occasion and we talked about it though I was unsure at that time what this was inside me; it is only through talking to my psy that I have dug down deep and discovered more. So the simple thing is that I preferred to “hide” in a normal relationship (with a weird streak) – it was the normal thing to do in those days;  I grew up in a town where being gay was a horror, and LGBT was  unthinkable or a perversion. So I am guilty of covering a lot up and trying to handle / suppress  it myself internally, which has caused some scary moments and trauma for me over and over, purging, and re-purging, and trying to conform to a stereotypes I don’t really feel comfortable with; conforming, always confirming to other people’s view of how people should be. Thanks to my psy for keeping me stable. Bon, anyway, I am going to keep nudging as you suggest; I’ve being doing the fem underwear for years, though in the past she’s had phases rejecting the tights, they are now truly OK. She knows there is something up, but I guess I need to take it very slowly and, you are right, hiding stuff is not a good idea, which is why I am trying to get it out there, but at a pace that allows others to transition with me…..  FYI, I am slim sporty, cyclist (it is actually true). Love my slim fit jeans etc, and flowery shirts. And have watched rugby a few times to keep in with our male friends, though whenever there was a party I would always be the weird one pushing boundaries and shocking the others LOL. So she married a man knowing he had a weird streak, but not fully its extent. 

      Christine, I love all you write, and so pleased to have you write about me!!  Yes, I get those points completely. I have hidden some stuff that is best left well, buried, as I cannot change the past. She has ventured to read some stuff but it is exactly the stuff that I did not want: She sent me a links to “Woman’sDay” (drama/gossip) about the husband who "could only get excited when in women’s clothes" Hello, that is so NOT my situation. That was not a helpful arguement. And another from “Sisternet.com – for the TG community” on “10 reasons why cross dressing ends in divorce”. you can see those links below) Oh dear, I think, when this is what she is reading, where is all this leading? How can I regain control of the direction? Are there other good articles out there that can help her to see a compromise? She has asked me to see things from her side, which I agree is a good thing to do, so I want to understand so I can manage the conversations better......

      All this strong talk of splitting up makes me think more and more of living alone in an apartment in the centre of a lively city where I can be free, and meet friends, enjoy city life, people, buzz, lights, music, action – our current suburban home & garden dreamlife is a prison of boredom for me as I’m a go out have fun person at heart, and do not feel the need to have and to consume, I’d rather just BE and live life freely.

      Those links:

      https://www.sisterhouse.net/familyroom/2015/04/10/10-reasons-cross-dressers-wives-divorce-them/

       
       
      Love you all, XXX Nathalia

    • December 7, 2017 3:59 PM GMT
    • Warning! love can soon turn to a feeling of being betrayed, revulsion, ''should have told me before we got married''   If you don't get to pursue your ambitions/feelings, living in fear of getting caught out, stifled, will you in turn become resentful, there are NO easy answers, Women marry and love men, for their masculine approach to life, a feeling of security and being protected, otherwise perhaps they might have married another woman in the first place.   Do it with others, if she found that out, that would definately be the end.

       

      First of all you have to make your mind up, are you transsexual or just a cross dresser. a minority of couples end up staying together where a transsexual aspect is involved, most end up in divorce.  Most would be disgusted at the thought of being married to a cross dresser seeing it as some sort of perverted fetish for sexual kicks and   whereas with transsexuals they can over time learn that partners have a clinical need for a permanent change.    

       

      https://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/10112/divorcing-and-the-unreasonable-transexual

    • December 7, 2017 3:24 PM GMT
    • Don't relate well with women, prefer men every time, lol.

      But it is really sad that women can so easily get away with being rough and tough in jeans and boots and dirt and grit (don't I know, lol), and still be unquestionably women, while if a man wears a pair of thighs or, god forbid, a skirt and some mascara, the sky comes down and oh the divine wrath!

      I am sorry about the situation with your wife...

      Maybe this is a very stupid and obvious suggestion, and you already did this, but just in case, I wonder if you have tried getting her interested in reading about the experiences of other CDs' partners? I think most women don't realize how many CDs are heterosexual, to begin with. There is a tendency to believe that if a man dresses, he must surely be gay!!! And then he won't love me anymore!!!

      I am not sure... but unless one is naturally inclined to this sort of quirkiness ;) there is a lot of stuff to learn and understand before you can wrap your head around it.

      O course if she is not attracted to the look of you in girly things there's not much to be done about that (although... sometimes you just have to get used to stuff before you take a liking to it... a man in heels is an aquired taste), but perhaps she could come to accept it as a sort of part-time platonic inmate if she doesn't feel pressed to interact with Nathalia in a spousy kind of way? Not ideal, but better than nothing?

       

       

    • December 7, 2017 3:13 PM GMT
    • Ah well you've sort of answered my next question I hope but....

      Who did your wife marry and who has she lived with up to now and who are you in public?

      Worse case: You go out cycling wit' lads every sunday, come home and watch the rugby with them while drinking tinnies and shouting abuse at the ref. You wear scruffy jeans and camo vests while body building and live at the pub. You work as a ship builder holding hot rivets in your teeth before banging them in bare handed. (Extreme but you see my point)?

      Best case: You cycle with the wife every sunday, love kittens and paint flowers in watercolour when not helping with the housework.

      Its unlikely but if the first is remotely true (and even with the best case) you might be best back peddling seriously (no pun intended). Go to NEXT or non UK equivalent and buy some crossover flowery t shirts / polo shirts plus a couple of pairs of their very nice linen slacks and start wearing them while painting flowers, going out with her and doing the housework etc. Next move on to some tasteful and non visible panties (M&S in UK do very comfy stuff which is not too fem) etc etc. This will take months and years (especially if she is very hurt about you concealing stuff from her in the past) but whats that if you get what you want in the end? Robyn xxx

    • August 19, 2018 9:13 PM BST
    • Hi Zoe,

       

      Glad you liked my post.  All I can say is be true to yourself.  You talk about Zoe as if she is separate and it is sometimes easy to talk about yourself as two separate people.  But Zoe is not an inner voice, she is you.  So listen to yourself when you hear that inner voice.  Be yourself Zoe.  

       

      Alice

    • August 19, 2018 3:04 PM BST
    • Hi all, 

      sorry for digging this one out after such a long time. I just really treasure this thread! (Alice I have read your reply many times since!)

      The last year was quite a roller coaster ride. Due to work I was living with my parents again for a good 9 months. (I love them dearly, but there were reasons we moved out when we moved out. Still it was a million times better than living in a hotel.) Zoe was not happy about this though. Even though I had my own room, she had no place there. Gosh I never missed her this much. She was still there, telling me it is alright and she'll get her time again. But it was harder than I ever thought. But it was great having all my friends around again.

      Anyhooo... I am back since a few months now. And for a change the long waiting times with the NHS actually plaid in my favor this time. I got a prescription for 6 sessions of counseling again. And it is going a million times better than the first attempt. I am not blaming the psychologist from my first time. I think it was more me crying for help, yet not willing to lower my defenses and letting him behind all the walls I built. 

      The counselor this time is really great. She has less powers than the 1st to have an ongoing "treatment". So next week will be the last time I'll see her.

      She got me reading. Virgina Erhardts' "Head over Heels" was a tough one. And really made me feel selfish and not taking my partner into account enough. But it also gave me hope that the journey does not have to end in either or.

      After this I went for Rhyannon Styles "New Girl" and had a few giggles realizing how small this island actually is. Trust me, it felt like a village at times.

      I am now almost through "The Gender Games" from Juno Daweson...

      Zoe is compensating for the time she had to hide. I even told a very good friend about her. It wasn't a planned coming out. It just happened. My friend told me one her good friends is getting a divorce because she "discovered" she is a lesbian. My friend said she finds it a bit sad, that you live i a relationship and feel like you can't talk to your partner about things like this, since you don't wake up one morning and decide to be a lesbian. 

      Zoe was just screaming inside and I could not control her. 

      My friend just very calmly replied: "Doesn't surprise me!" Of course our evening went a slightly different road from there. (She decided with me, she now has 2 lesbian friends =) ! If this is box she will put me, I am more than happy to move in there!) I asked her the next, why she said this. "You know, sometimes things just make sense and feel right!")

      She also pretty much told me off for not living the life I want to live. I know, there is still a long road ahead and I am scared as hell! But I am more and more less willing to fight Zoe. I know, she won't have it easy. However she'll have friends who are willing to accept and treasure her. 

      I am dreading the time after next week, after my last counseling session. It was really good to not only have my inner voices fighting each other. And have someone I trusted, respected and who at the same time, managed to share my humor and silliness without ever losing the focus and falling for my attempts to divert when it became to uncomfortable.

      Sorry for the long blah. But I really felt like talking to a "stranger" about this all today. Thanks so much for reading and just being here!

      Zoe 

    • August 1, 2018 7:12 PM BST
    • How many of us realize how little time we really have left? Many t-gurls and crossdressers put off pursuing their dreams to “tomorrow.” Before you know it, you are in your 80s and your opportunity to live a woman’s life is essentially gone.

      Buddists, the Stoics, the samurai, and the ancient Roman Catholics, to name a few cultures, meditated on death, daily. It reminded them that time is fleeting and our days are numbered. One Zen evening chant goes like this:  “Let me respectfully remind you Life and Death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed. This night your days are diminished by one. Do not squander your life.”

      Every day, I do something, however small, to move me closer to being a woman. Be it wearing panties to work under my male clothes or letting my hair grow longer. All too soon I will be old and unable to be a woman. Others will (hopefully) care for me, but not understand my desire for femininity.

      Take that chance! Buy that dress or makeup. Wear the bra to work. Every day, take one step closer to being the woman you need to be! The difference between a dream and a goal is a goal has a deadline. Start making deadlines for your change. The sooner, the better.

    • April 28, 2018 4:54 PM BST
    • I am slowly becomming a shemale and it has affected me so I have released 2 music album about it. Icewinter/Lisa and Latin Gringo/Girls -they are on all streamingservices and the painting I did on the frontcover is all shemales.

      This is an amazing journey and I havent seen the end of it yet.

    • March 24, 2018 8:58 PM GMT
    • Writings and experiences coming out loud and struggling to be proud.

      https://www.patreon.com/PaulLeclair

    • March 20, 2018 7:29 PM GMT
    • Yay! I am so happy for you Samantha! Sometimes, our deepest fears turn out to be shadows in the dark. Turn on the light and they go away. Hugs, Kathi

    • March 20, 2018 12:01 AM GMT
    • I'm a lifelong Tranny and I like Men and Women. I'm out to a lot of people and I kept it a secret from others. I hope I don't sound hostile,I wasn't scared! I didn't think it was 10,000 people's business. But I always sensed the day would come and I would be out to a big percentage of the people who know me including old elementary school buddies and my nephew and practically all of my cousins. So one day I was riding along with my sister. We were on our way to Home Depot or WalMart(I forget which). She asked me straight out of the blue "why are all of your facebook freinds transvestites,transexuals,gay men,lesbians,crossdressers,drag kings,drag queens and are you one of them? I was swimming up stream so I went ahead and I said "yes,I'm one of them" My sister said "it's alright,don't give it a second thought"                                Cheers,   Samantha Jane

       

                                 

    • February 27, 2018 6:15 PM GMT
    • Is you GF gay friendly, if so take her along with you one night, perhaps he will then get the message.   I have a couple of Gay friends they are touchy feely, but it's all harmless, that' just how they are 

    • February 26, 2018 8:42 PM GMT
    • Hello there. My name is Mark and I am seeking some advice for a situation.

      I am a straight man. My older brother is gay and I accepted him wholeheartedly when he came out. I've gone to bars with him and consider myself very open minded and gay-friendly.

      My situation is this: I recently became friends with a guy I work with and through him met his younger brother who just turned 18. I've become friends with him as well since we all work together. I like the kid but it is pretty obvious that he is in the closet. I know better than to confront him. A person has to make that journey on his own timetable.

      The problem is I think he has a crush on me. Several times he has greeted me by saying "Hey Beautiful". He's always touching my arm or shoulder in a way that straight men usually don't. He looks at me when he thinks I can't see. There are other signs as well, which I consider flattering but not reciprocal. He knows I'm straight. My gf and I have been together for four years.

      I want to discourage him without making him think what he feels is wrong or bad. Should I say something overt to him or just let it go until he says something to me? I don't want to stop hanging out with him and I want him to feel its OK to come out when hes ready, but thats not a road I want to go down.

      Any advice? Does it sound like he might be into me? How can I discourage him?

    • February 10, 2018 3:56 AM GMT
    • Im so happy to be gay and "out" now.

    • February 3, 2018 11:53 PM GMT
    •  

      I come out more and more every day but I have officially been "out" for about 10 years now. 

    • December 7, 2017 9:14 PM GMT
    • Amber, if the Mormon community has a problem with you coming out trans, that is their problem, not yours. You don't have a problem other than allowing them dictate how you should live your life according to their beliefs.