When a person declares themselves trans, it’s often a bomb shell for friendships and relationships.
The expectation is that the trans person will change in a radical way, when usually the only things that take place are changes in presentation – the inner person remains much the same and generally becomes far more content.
But, all too often, the perceptions held by others lead to family breakdown. Indeed spouses frequently come under pressure from their own friends to leave relationships. Trans people are repeatedly required to justify themselves, often when their own thinking is embryonic or they have little experience in articulating it.
What’s more, no two families are the same. They have different needs and different ways of coping. Although support is available for trans people starting their journey, useful information and support for loved ones is rare and hard to find.
How do we create and publicise material that can help partners, family and friends better accept and support the transition of a loved one, and be able to get appropriate support for themselves?