In high school, he was a bit of a tomboy and came out as a lesbian. But even then, he knew there was something more he was missing. He expected some of the change: Gutierrez knew his his muscles would grow, his voice would drop and his facial hair would come in. But there were surprising changes as well. Read More "The sex drive itself -- it's crazy," he said. Why am I so excited all the time?
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But other times, you can try your best to be a ready and able partner in a time of transition. We asked some trans men who have been through the process of transitioning while in a relationship for the best kind of support they would or could have been offered, and other helpful things to consider in a similar situation. Things are different for every person, situation and relationship.
This is from the perspectives of four trans-identified people who offer up their own experiences as personal advice. They are no longer together but are still friends. Evan is 27 and from Los Angeles. He is now married to a cisgender woman and identifies as queer, using male pronouns. Leo is 26 and has been transitioning over the last eight months. He identifies as a trans man. He was in a three-year, long-distance relationship at the beginning of his transition. Well, she was very supportive—I was actually extremely transphobic before I came out.