Fourth Saturday Program & Support Circle Jan. 22, 2022
Today’s program is “Relationships in Flux: How Partners Experience Transition”
Many trans people are in relationships when their identity comes to the forefront for exploration. Changing one’s life at the bedrock of gender is perhaps the biggest form of transformation a person can undergo. All aspects of life are affected, from birth family to job, school to best friend from grade school. But what of the partner? They have their own life-changing process to undertake, and often feel their journey is overshadowed by that of their trans partner. Here are some comments from partners. One wife said, “If my husband has always felt like a woman inside, then who am I? Am I automatically a lesbian? I’ve never been attracted to women!” One lesbian partner said, “I’ve lived as a lesbian my whole adult life. If I stay with my partner through transition, then I’ll be involved with a man. I’m not a straight woman or even bisexual!” One wife said, “I don’t know how to move past the feelings of betrayal – why didn’t he ever tell me until 20 years into our marriage???”
Come to our January 22 PFLAG Connects meeting as our own Reid Vanderburgh will lead a discussion about how partners experience the transition process. A former therapist, Reid worked with many partners of those in transition.
A full-length Support Circle will follow the program.
Our Support circles are a place where you can meet with other parents, loved ones, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, to learn from each other, share stories, and express worries in a loving, safe, and supportive space.
Joining a PFLAG Connects Support Circle
Our PFLAG Connects online circles function a little differently than our in-person support circles. Here’s how to join a Circle:
Learn how to Circle online before you join the meeting by reading the PFLAG Connects Participant’s Guide on our website.
Click on the big REGISTER button at the top right of this page. You’ll be taken to an e-registration form. Please fill it out and submit it at least 1 hour before the start of the Support Circle. If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian must attend with you. Tip: include your pronouns in the Last Name box. Example: Chelsea Circler (them, they)
We’ll send you an email with the meeting join link and optional dial-in instructions. Save this email! It contains your only ticket to the Circle.
Download the Zoom Meetings app from the App Store for your digital device.
Join on-time. Better yet, join early. The Circle Waiting Room opens 10 minutes before the circle starts and closes shortly after starting time. For your security, no late admissions. When the host begins setting up the meeting room, the Waiting Room will open. At the scheduled start time, the host will admit you to the meeting room.
If you have any questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.