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Coming Out To Family as Transgender

Coming Out To Family as Transgender

Coming out to family as being Transgender can be a stressful decision to make, dealing with the fact that you are Transgender is such a complex  issue and really personal to each person that predicting the outcome of how family will react is impossible.

There is a few things to consider, who do you tell first? what if you get a negative reaction? how will this impact on your relationship with your family and will you lose them for ever?

I have been asked these questions many times by people in my support group, I was in a similar situation and coming from a conservative and sheltered upbringing it was difficult to tell my family that I am transgender.

Make sure that the first person you tell are going to keep it to themselves, having a sister, brother or extended family members support will make the process easier. I found that once I came out to one person and had there support the rest was easier, Try and tell your direct family first, parents and siblings so that they hear it from you first, gossip can give them a completely different and watered down version of your situation.

Be patient with family that don’t react to well to the news, people that don’t understand an issue will reject it anyway regardless of who the person is.

Be prepared when you speak to family, know the subject and be ready to answer any question that they might have and be ready for some really personal questions, answer them honestly and be open minded, they will remember you for your honesty but wont forgive you for any lies. When you have the moment to speak out it can be really difficult to get it all across but don’t worry this wont be the only time you talk about this to them.

Transgender people need all the support that thay can get and having that from their families will make dealing with the condition a lot easier. If you dont have family support dont worry, there is a lot of good support groups out there that can give you all the support you need, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get help and support.

As explained, it is impossible to predict how family will react as each person’s situation is different, if you are unsure about coming out to your family please speak to a councilor first. You are welcome to contact me should you need any more information on dealing with coming out to your family as transgender.

Here is a link to my YouTube video where I answered a similar question to a friend.

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