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Presenter(s): Diane Anderson-Minshall, Jacob Anderson-Minshall

Date: August 23, 2017

Time: 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Room: 310

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Professional

Maintaining Relationships: Couples

There can be much discussion on how to best support someone through a gender transition and often very little discussion addressing the ways we can support and nurture partners or other loved ones. A gender transition can be overwhelming and liberating for a trans person. It can result in some pretty profound changes for a spouse/partner as well. The stress can be very hard on both people. Many relationships, even loving, supportive ones, often do not survive the upheaval because this support and understanding can be hard to find. Partners often find themselves in the advocate/educator role with others while providing the bulk of the emotional support to their transitioning spouse. This leaves them isolated, drained, and with nowhere to turn for any resulting difficulties they might be experiencing. In this workshop, we will discuss ways of offering support to partners and insights into how an individual’s gender transition is truly a transition for everyone.