How do you engage in dating and relationships when you are a guy who wants to be a girl, but likes girls too? I wish I had an answer that would work for everyone but we are all on different places on the gender and sexuality spectrums and where you sit in each of these areas will influence how you should move forward.
Someone once told me to speak your truth when addressing things of difficulty. My truth in dating and sexuality is that I like women, no I love women more than most could. I love how they look, how they think, how they dress, how they smell. I want to know what they think and what they feel. That innate desire to be a woman enhances how much I can love a women. Even in my first sexual encounter with my first true girlfriend, I asked and wanted to know if she felt things as I did when making love.
While I love women I have somewhat of a disgust toward men. Don’t get me wrong, I have close guy friends but I find their appearance repulsive and often I am I am repulsed by their views and actions. Most of those who I am friends with these days are women. I have always been the confidant, the one who listens. I relate better to women than men, and open up to them more than I can with my guy friends.
The fact that I am often just another friend gets in the way of many relationships but the ones I had were very intense, close, and intimate. Break-ups were also very difficult because of the intense emotional connection I/we would develop. Through high school and college my girlfriends did not know about my desires and I would not change that. During these times I was working on becoming myself and learning for my future. While my relationships were committed, I was not ready for THE commitment. That changed in my mid 20’s. At this point I was ready to begin a career and had no objections to going off into the world with someone along my side.
Early on in our relationship, I introduced my now wife to my likes by playing around with her lingerie with her present. Eventually noticing my interests she would dress up more for me ant that transitioned into me trying a few things on… My point is if you want to introduce your partner to anything, take it slow. Running out of the closet saying I’m here isn’t going to work and will likely leave you alone. Think about all the stress and trauma associated with being trans has caused over the years. Now imagine what it must be like to unload on a significant other all at once, not a good experience to say the least. A gradual introduction allows exploration together, creates intimacy, and may very well foster a long relationship.
Keeping everything a secret is definitely not good either. I can’t say how many stories I have read about the wife finding the stash of girly things and the relationship ending in a bitter divorce. If you are hiding something all trust and honesty is thrown out of the relationship. My wife knew I had a girly side before we were married. Because of this, my girl side was allowed to grow and my wife came along by my side. I have more lingerie than my wife and it doesn’t matter. She helped me with shopping, bought me make-up, and even encouraged me to continue with hormone replacement therapy. If someone doesn’t want to be part of all of your life and know all of who you are then you were not meant for each other, but don’t shock them on your first date either.