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Thread: Trans with a wife?

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    Trans with a wife?

    Is this possible?

    I typed and deleted a lot more. I know I am, I have always known I am, I think My wife knows I am. But I could not live without her and this fear stops me from being who I truly am.

    Does that even make sense?

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    Super Moderator Jeri Ann's Avatar
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    Makes perfect sense.

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    Member CharlotteCD's Avatar
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    I am trans. I always have been, ever since I was 3-4 years old, but only accepted it in the last couple of years.

    I am now married however, with a child. My wife is aware, but doesn't understand. This means I have to stay in the closet for the rest of our lives together.

    Overall it's worth it, and I have been making peace of it.

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    I'm married to a cis-gender, straight woman whom I know for more than 2 decades. We have two school age daughters. Have been medically transitioning for 4+ years (hormones), and will have FFS this year. I have completely transitioned socially last year.
    I won't lie, she was/is struggling to extent with that but benefits to stay together outweigh those being separated. We love each other and are doing therapy together with one goal in mind - to make it work long term. I try to be extremely supportive to the needs of my family except still taking steps required to live authentically.
    It is not easy, but not 100% doom and gloom.

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    Fear is the key. I have been married for nearly 30 years. I intend to leave things as they are now. Something I considered nearly 40 years ago.Decided against it then.But often wonder what if?

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    Silver Member Aunt Kelly's Avatar
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    If you can manage to live without transition, do it.
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    Little Mrs. Snarky! Nadine Spirit's Avatar
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    Is it possible to be transgender and have a wife? Yes, that is possible.

    Is it possible to transition and stay married? Yes, that is also possible.

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    Silver Member Sometimes Steffi's Avatar
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    I know several trans with wife. Five couples were already married when their "husband" transitioned. One "husband" divorced his unaccepting wife and shortly thereafter married a CD-amorous woman. Another GG labels herself pansexual. She married a CD-to-trans AMAB. As far as transitioned, all of the AMAB have at least socially transitioned and are full time girls. I don't know what kind of surgery they might have had to go along with their transition.

    These are couples who come to mind right off the top of my head.

    I also know a lot of married CDs. But, for all the "husbands" above, they were all "just a CD" when I first met them.
    Hi, I'm Steffi and I'm a crossdresser... And I accept and celebrate both sides of me. Or, maybe I'm gender fluid.

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    I got to the point where I could not live without transitioning. Came out to wife in the summer of 2020, 19 years married at that point, and she too has had some struggles with it, but we're still together and I am way happier than I was closeted and miserable.

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    Aspiring Member Dorit's Avatar
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    I started to want to dress as a girl at 4 years old. I told a psychiatrist that I wanted to be a girl at 19 years old. Just another line in my mental illness file back then. I then met my wife, 10 years older than me. She saved my life. We were in the closet together. When psychiatry and medicine finally understood people like us I went full time and complete medical transition at 70 years old. She was totally in favor. So 52 years and six children later we are still together!

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    formerly: aBoyNamedSue IamWren's Avatar
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    Is being trans (i assume you mean trans woman) with a wife possible.
    Sure it is. I follow a number of trans women on Instagram who were married before transition and their marriage survived coming out and transitioning.

    I’m one of those as well. Well, I’m an enby but transitioning from male to female.

    However, with that being said, I don’t know of any data that shows a definitive answer. But I just can’t help but think that the marriages that do survive are a much smaller number than those that don’t.

    I mean, most women do not identify as lesbian or bisexual so even if a wife can understand and support the idea that her spouse now identifies as a gender different from that which they were assigned, there is the added hurdle of dealing with being seen as a lesbian when the non-trans spouse doesn’t identify that way.

    Have you found a gender therapist who can help you navigate this and other issues? If you haven't, I think it would be good to get the input of a trained professional.
    Last edited by IamWren; 01-14-2022 at 07:59 PM. Reason: Changed “transwoman” to “trans woman” because language counts
    I am not a woman nor am I a man... I am an enby. Hi, I am Wren.

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    happy to be her Sarah Doepner's Avatar
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    I put off even considering transition until well after my wife passed away. She supported me as a mostly closeted crossdresser but that was her limit. She must have almost convinced me that was my limit as well because I didn't seek counseling until 4 years after she passed away. I don't regret the delay, my time with her was meaningful and complete. But I know if she had been supportive of me transitioning, I would have started then instead of just a few years ago.

    But I'm just one story and I personally know four couples who have weathered the storm and were successful in keeping the relationship solid following transition. There are also several friends on Facebook who have great relationships that have thrived following a MTF transition. While there are many who see their marriage end, I've also seen several relationships that only happen following divorce and transition. That tells me there are a lot of factors that go well beyond gender and gender changes. So knowing you can be successful should be balanced by the understanding that there could be disaster as well.

    Best of luck moving forward on all fronts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah Doepner View Post
    That tells me there are a lot of factors that go well beyond gender and gender changes.
    This is so true. I've seen number of life events that test the strength of the marriage. When I was young, I have seen lots of marriages fell apart of couples who have recently immigrated. They came to a new country, thinking their marriage is strong, only to see it crumbles when subjected to a lot of hardship that comes with immigration. Yes, as an observer, you can say that making a decision to immigrate may end your marriage. In reality, it is just many couples didn't have what it takes to plow through a rough time together and support each other.

    I've seen other examples of couples separating when they got subjected to some other difficult situations outside of their control.

    I did mention at the bottom of this thread that my marriage survived so far the transition. However, I haven't mentioned it here that before starting the transition, we as a couple went through a different couples therapy to resolve all the issues we had not related a bit to my gender identity. My marriage almost crumbled in the middle of the therapy, and hit absolute bottom, but we climbed from that dark place and became a much stronger couple, stronger we have even been. Yes, the transition has added a significant burden but it happened at the time, where we truly have each other back, love and respect each other. Had I transitioned before that counselling, that probably would have been the last straw that would have broken the back of this marriage. And even now, we started this year by having couples therapy now more related with my transition. It is a new challenge but this therapy is nothing like our first one. We truly treat each other differently now, then than.

    I definitely suggest to have a solid foundation in your relationship, and ideally to not embark on the transition journey with a lot if unresolved issues in your marriage.
    Last edited by Katya@; 01-15-2022 at 09:39 PM. Reason: grammar, clarification.

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