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THANK YOU! for your interest in this subject matter and in my story. INTENT: #support for the #significant_others of #transsexuals and #transgender, to #advocate the necessity of being your authentic self, and to share information with others. By this, I hope to support your own journey, or add to your understanding of the journey of someone you know. ABOUT ME: A 45 year old #heterosexual woman, divorced w/children, I met Jack and fell in love. Six years into our relationship, he confided his secret desire--Jack wanted to be a woman. Before his disclosure, I had no reason to suspect his interest. It was a shocking surprise! It was the decade of the 1990's. Little information was available to help ME understand 'Why' and 'What next". Not only was Jack in transition, but by virtue of the circumstance, so was I. Guided by my heart, I began a journey of my own. Stepping out of my comfort zone I challenged my attitudes and belief systems, as well as, my own sexual orientation to help me decide 'Do I stay, or do I go"?

Disclaimer Note to Information and Video Links

Informational links and videos for chosen topics are provided based on conversations and experiences I shared with J and the challenges that we faced. If the information provided helps just one person who views, it was worth my posting it.

Not everyone's need, or experience, will be the same as ours was.

By your View and your click on a particular post, I am able to know which topics are of most interest to the reader and will make sure I include responses to your interest within my book.

Thank you for your support!

Friday, September 5, 2014

FEATURED: Being Proud of Who You Are - The Story of Ellen Shaver


My special thanks to Ellen Shaver for sharing her story. I hope it brings you as much inspiration as it has given me.

Ellen Shaver's Story: personal accomplishment, perseverance and determination. Go to sidebar and look under "Transgender Informational Links" - click on the link to the article.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lesbian or Gay? and your significant_other has come out to you as TS wanting to identify as either male or female?


I have written this blog from the perspective of a heterosexual female who discovers her male significant other wants to identify as female. However, I have spoken to many lesbian women who find their lesbian partner wishes to be a male, and gay men, who find the man they love, wants to be a female. When it comes to accepting your significant_other as TS, we all experience similar thoughts, feelings and questions.

Some Lesbian women have said they begin to question their own sexual identity when faced with a partner F>M. Some gay men expressed they wondered if they would still be attracted to their partner when he became she. The visual aspect for many men is a huge factor of attraction. These are only two of the myriad of thoughts that go through the mind of a significant other whether you are gay, lesbian or heterosexual when a partner makes this change. If you are cisgender Lesbian or gay man and are experiencing, or have experienced this situation, I would appreciate your comments. Let your experience be insight for someone else. #gay #lesbian #trans #question #gender #identity #sexualpreference #attraction #significant_other #cisgender #LGBTQ

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What Would You Do? Father Confronts Transgender Teen Son (ABC News Video in Sidebar)


This "What Would You Do?" a staged situation produced by ABC News and John Quinones. A father unable to accept his teen transgender son who is in transition M>F confronts the son in a public place. Scenes set up to discover what on-lookers would do if they witnessed this type of event. Worth a watch! #support #father #son #transgender #acceptance #love #understanding #community #peers #friends #onlooker #community #LGBTTQ #unconditionallove #authenticself #whatwouldyoudo

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Transgender Child and Being One's Authentic Self


Parents and transgender children: I do not have much information on this site for transgender children and their parents, as it is not within my own experience. But, as an ally, and seeing this attached video produced by the Transgender Law Center, I believe it might be a wonderful positive support to the challenges transgender children and their parents face. I hope anyone viewing will see how important it is to be one's authentic self.

I also highly recommend the book on my resource list called "The Transgender Child, A Handbook for Families and Professionals" by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper, to help answer your questions about your trans or gender variant child.

I often think about J in regard to "if J had been able to come out earlier in life as transgender, how different his life would be" and hope that all transchildren will be able to pursue their authentic self at the point of their discovery. I feel the flexibility of youth has to have its positive effect on the long-term physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual result for the TS. That said, it still isn't an easy journey for the child nor the parent.

If you think it is difficult for an adult to come out to those they love, imagine the fear a child may have! It can be particularly difficult for a parent, I understand that, you may feel you are losing a son or a daughter. Children, however, feel that if they come out to their parents, they will lose the parent. For an older child, this can be an unbelievable source of pain. All I can add is, try to be informed, educated, knowledgeable and supportive toward your child. Show a willingness to listen, understand, and encourage communication. He or she needs you now as a parent, more than they ever have, as they go through this transition.

If, as a parent you would like to do a blog post to address your concerns on this site, please do so. You can also e-mail me with questions at jackanddianestories@gmail.com - #teentrans #transchild #transparent #mom #dad #gendervariant_child #child #parent #love #authenticself #change #shine #children #transgender

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The "White Bird" -- The Need for Personal Freedom (Music Video in sidebar)


The study below, published January 28, 2014, by Emily A. Reyes in the Los Angeles Times, speaks to a Transgender Study which looks at the "exceptionally high" suicide attempt rate among the transgender. It is 9x the US average. 41% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide. For more information about this study, please go to the link.

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/28/local/la-me-ln-suicide-attempts-alarming-transgender-20140127

Coming through my own confusion of non-understanding, I came to realize that J was a "White Bird". He>She only wanting to have freedom for self. (Represented by analogy, through the music of Vanessa Mae) Please see sidebar.

#Trans #M2F #F2M #LGPBQ #trapped #suicide #freetobeme #self #change #caged #fly #acceptance #personalgrowth #strength #transgender #transyouth #youth #lifeisgood

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Most Viewed Topics on J&D Stories Site - Gauging Interest prior to publication (my aim is 10,000+ views)


So far, the topics that seem to get the most views are: "Did you suspect your significant other;s interest in becoming a male or female, before he or she came out?" "The Cinderella Factor" and "Beginning HRT before Coming Out". Third most viewed is "If I stay, does it mean I am a lesbian/gay?" and my "Click to view topic...thank you for your interest!"

There have been nearly 8000 views of this blog since October 2013. New topics will be posted and adjusted, as questions come up. THANK YOU everyone for your interest and questions! YOU are integral to having this book published. Publishers want to know the book has an audience. I appreciate your views more than I can say! THANK YOU!

Monday, January 27, 2014

J comes out to me that he is TS - M>F - My questions and his answers.


My reaction to learning J's desire to transition M2F. My questions,J's responses:

"What?" I scream the word. J: A look of apprehension and sadness.

Then came, a flurry of questions

D: "Are you gay?" J: " No."

D: "Have you had sex with men?" J: A look of unease.

D: "Have you told anyone else?" J: A look of unease.

D: "What does this mean?" J: A look of anger at my questions.

D: "Are you interested in men?" J: "No!" he begins to pace.

D: "Why are you with ME?" J: No answer.

D: "You have lied to me all of this time?" J: "I didn't mean to."

D: "Does anyone else know?" J: Head nods 'yes'.

D: "Do you know how this makes me feel?" J: A look of exasperation.

D: "Have you gone out in public dressed as female? Where?" J: Head shake, 'yes', "private events".

Then, J tore the wig from his head, and threw the 3 inch heels across the room, saying...."You should have known!"

When I look back at that evening, when J told me, and remember the confusion I felt, as my mind went in a shocked, whirlpool spin. Coulda, shoulda, --- but I had no clue!

If J gave any words of reassurance, I didn't hear them. When I look back, I only remember his anger at my questions and non-acceptance. I realized later, that telling me was the hardest thing he had ever had to do.

I cried until there were no tears left -- Then, I decided I had to try to understand what it was he was saying. What did this mean? Why did he want to do this? Ultimately, I needed to know where I stood in it all. Did I mean anything to him? What did this mean to our relationship? Could I stay? Should I stay? I know many women would have left. I felt our relationship was too important to give up that easy.

I embarked on my own journey and asked questions that ultimately only I could answer.