"I first met my primary partner at a transgender/genderqueer support group " Going into any relationship, I worry whether a man will be good to. Keywords: Transgender, couples, transmen, transwoman, couple therapy. We appreciate the opportunity to update the original Michigan Family Review article, . 3 transgender men answer questions about dating, sex and their bodies so you don't have to ask them. 6 things trans men really wish you'd stop asking them . Just like a relationship between cis-gendered people, if you're.
Scholarship on transmen and their partners and transgender people of color has appeared more often in the professional literature. For example, Hager explored the relationships after transition of transmen and their sexual minority partners in San Francisco.
Six couples participated in this qualitative study and areas impacted by the gender transition included gender and sexual identities, medical and social transitions, relational issues, and the positive role of support and community connections.
In an excellent overview chapter on the sexual relationships of transgender couples, Lev and Sennott thoughtfully address what they note has been largely absent until recently.
They focus on sexual desire as it relates to bodily changes, stress of the transition process, and the importance of nurturing resilience. Relational body image of women involved in relationships with transmen was investigated by Goldenberg and findings fell into four domains: The American Psychological Association came out with guidelines for psychological practice with transgender and gender non-conforming people APA, that fell under areas such as foundational knowledge, stigma, discrimination, and barriers to care, and life span development considerations from childhood through older adulthood.
Therapeutic guidelines for couple therapy are presented by Malpaswho traces the role that couple therapists have historically taken with transgender couples and offers a contemporary approach, illustrated by case vignettes, specifically designed for the unique experiences of transgender couples that formed prior to the transition of the transgender-identified partner. A final theme appearing in recent literature on transgender couple dynamics has involved the development of more sophisticated conceptual and theoretical frameworks that may lead to greater understanding and more comprehensive clinical care.
They also recommend therapists consider how their own identities interact with the couple, and offer two instructive case studies that involve transgender couples. The next sections consider non-binary people in relationships, and address updates to issues related to two key findings from the article Bischof et al. Due to the influence of gendered performance and policing, gender expression for non-binary individuals is difficult to navigate: Furthermore, finding legal or medical confirmation is far more difficult and sometimes impossible for non-binary people; only two U.
This lack of recognition and understanding in society increases the hardship of merely existing publicly as a non-binary individual, let alone coming out as such to a spouse, partner, or family.
Self-Esteem and Adjustment for the Cisgender Partner Self-esteem for cisgender women who stay with their transwomen partners remains relatively understudied. Self-esteem concerns stem from a shift in cisgender women's sexual identity as a result of their partner transitioning. This can be a stressful new understanding of sexual orientation for cis women who had previously gone through a coming out process as lesbian or bisexual, and find strength in that identity or feel pressured to give up that identity-based community.
Joslin-Roher and Wheeler found that once the transgender partner began transitioning, the partner of that individual experienced higher levels of stress, as a result of worrying about new social and political barriers.
For sexual minority women in particular, this relationship dynamic, if not attended to through open communication, equated to performing a majority of the emotional work within a relationship Pfeffer Cisgender partners often felt held back, responsible for all aspects of emotional well-being of their transgender partner, and that they were not allowed to grieve at being left out of big decisions such as medical transitioning. Faith and Spirituality In the Head Over Heels Erhardt, cases, various transwomen and their partners expressed sustained commitment to their faith, and their interactions with religious communities were integral to their experiences, with the responses of churches varying from full acceptance to the individual being asked to leave the congregation.
Successful aging includes mental well-being, and transgender adults who participate in LGBT-affirming religions reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives than those who did not.
Overall, spirituality outweighs specific religious affiliation among transgender individuals, in part due to the historical context of oppression associated with many organized religions Halkitis et al.
Future Research and Considerations In the few years since the Bischof et al. Much of the early research has been qualitative in nature which has been important to understand the dynamics of these particular relationships. Many qualitative studies have interviewed partners only individually; we recommend future researchers conduct both individual and couple interviews to gain an even greater understanding of relational dynamics.
In fact, the first author and a team are conducting a study that does just that, in which a couple interview is held after an individual interview with each partner separately. Future quantitative studies are recommended to test out some of the emerging themes on transgender couples. Further research on transmen who are partnered with people of various genders, including other transmen would be helpful. Comparing casual and committed relationships with a trans partner, and exploring various relationship structures, such as polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships is also recommended Moran, Finally, it would be useful to study transgender couples as they proceed through life cycle transitions, including dating, committed partnering, becoming parents, divorce, adulthood, and later life, as well as interactions with their families across the life span.
Demographic data reveal transgender people are coming out and transitioning earlier in life, perhaps due to some of the sociocultural advances noted above Moran, This is likely to impact future intimate relationships of transgender individuals, with some people transitioning before involving themselves in committed relationships.
It is also likely, though, that transgender individuals will continue to come to terms with their identities and transition at various ages and stages of life. The growing literature on the maintenance and enhancement of committed romantic relationships through the transition process will likely provide hope and strategies for couples navigating this major life transition.
Not too long ago, a transgender transition was believed to be a death knell for a relationship. That is no longer true, as more and more courageous couples navigate this life stressor effectively and work through the issues involved to further develop and strengthen their committed relationships.
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