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Partnering and parenting relationships

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349163.003.0007
Partnering and parenting relationships

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This chapter investigates the patterns of intimacy in relation to the reconfiguration of existing partnerships. It then moves on to consider the narratives of participants whose transition is linked to partnership separation. Next, the chapter reports the formation of new intimate relationships following transition. It explores how participants negotiate gender transition as parents. The formation of new relationships was significant within many participants' narratives of intimacy. Decisions around when and how to tell children about their forthcoming gender transition were central to the narratives of transgender parents. The importance of open dialogue is also stressed in terms of enabling children to adapt to the changes initiated by gender transition. The incorporation of transgender intimate practices into analyses of contemporary patterns of social life further show how ‘the family’, as a social institution and as a process of lived experiences, is subject to ongoing contest, negotiation, and innovation.

Keywords: partnerships; parenting; intimacy; gender transition; transgender parents; open dialogue

Chapter.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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