DEAR DEIDRE: HOW do I tell potential partners that I’m transitioning into a woman?
I have been cross-dressing since I was a child. I’m now 48.
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When I dress up I am Monica and feel calm, like I’m properly myself.
Now I’ve decided I’d like to live as a woman, although it will be hard, particularly as I am a truck driver.
My ex-wife knew about Monica, and always said she accepted her.
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But the marriage failed and during our divorce she was so cruel, calling me a freak.
I finally feel ready to meet a new woman but I have no idea how or when to tell them about my true self.
DEIDRE SAYS: Your ex hurt you deeply, so you are understandably anxious.
Although it’s easy to say the right person will understand, perhaps you need more time living as Monica before you look for a relationship.
Joining a transgender support group could help, as you’ll be able to talk to others who understand.
Contact the Beaumont Society for advice (beaumontsociety.org.uk, 01582 412 220) and see my support pack on cross-dressing.
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