Coming Out for Christmas

IMG_2883Twice in my life have I experienced a situation where two hours flew by so fast.  The first time was when I defended my masters thesis, where I was so nervous and anxious that before I knew it, my two hour oral examination was over (I passed, of course).  The second time occurred last Sunday when I came out to my Mom and told her about my rediscovered identity.  I was equally nervous, and time flew by equally fast.

This Christmas we had to visit family out-of-state a couple of weeks before the holiday, and since I had set a goal to come out to my parents this year (at least my Mom for sure), I knew that this was my last opportunity to talk to them on a deep level in person.  I decided that I would come out to my Mom (who I’m much closer to than my Dad) on Sunday, after my Dad left on a business trip, when we could be alone and talk things out, one-on-one.  I went back and forth so many times in my head.  Should I? Should I not? Then by 10 pm on the last night we were in town, I was sick of asking myself whether or not I would say anything that I told her I had some thing to reveal.  I told her that I had rediscovered something important about myself, something positive after loosing all that weight and getting myself healthy, both physically and mentally.  This was a way of telling her that what I was about to say was a positive thing, something that made me happy.  Then I showed her a picture of Katie, and from the moment I saw her facial expression, I knew this was going to be a long and tough conversation.  The plan I had in my head of how this was going to go down flew out the window, and the words to begin to explain this part of myself were hard to come by.

It was at this point I pored myself a glass of good Scotch and began to explain all the things I’ve learned from this community over years.  How society paints gender as a binary, when in reality it’s so much more complicated.  She asked whether I was gay, or needed to have sex with men, which was awkward to me since I’ve never felt like that.  It took time to explain to her that I am happy in the middle of the gender spectrum, I have no desire to transition, take hormones, or have surgeries.  She asked, “what if that changes in 10 years? What then?”  I could only reply by saying I am happy as a man and as a woman.  She had concerns about my wife, how she’s handled it?  It again took time to explain that we are open and honest with each other, and that we have never been happier.

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Her biggest concern was about children; future children to be exact, which we haven’t even planed for yet.  She is concerned that we’ll screw up our kid’s lives if we’re not careful.  All I could say is that my wife and I will make the best choices we can for the future.  Mom was also conceded about Dad, and she felt very strongly that we shouldn’t tell him, for now at least, as she thought he might not handle it well.  My family has never been good about expressing emotions or talking about deep feelings.  These topics would best be avoided while I was growing up.  Also, being from South America, my parent’s view on culture and society is very different from mine.  The idea of alternative lifestyles is very foreign to them.

By 12:30 am, we had gotten to a good place to stop for the night.  She could see where I was coming from and since my wife and I have our lives in good shape (we both have good degrees, good jobs, savings, etc.) this was a facet of my life she felt she could handle, we even ended the night by going through some of my favorite pictures she wanted to see.

This of course is not the end of the story; it’s only the beginning, which I am only beginning to understand.  A couple of days after this emotional conversation, I realized I had made a mistake.  It came after speaking to Mom over the phone, and I could feel her anxiety about holding this information from Dad.  By telling only my Mom, I had placed her in an awkward situation where she couldn’t tell Dad about this.  It’s not a fair situation and we decided that if either one of us felt like opening up to Dad, we would do it together the next time we see each other in person.

I keep asking myself, would I do it again given another chance?  Right now I don’t feel that big weight lifted of my chest, but maybe with time this will be a positive aspect of our relationship.  Taking the easy way by avoiding the conversation only leads to a more distant relationship.  It was a tough road, a road that I am still traveling on, but I hope that it will be a rewarding, more fulfilling path.  We all have so much more to learn…

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas to all,

Katie

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About katieinthehall

I'm a rediscovered crossdresser in my early 30's looking to express my thoughts as I move through this journey of discovery.

Posted on December 21, 2013, in Be Yourself, Coming out, crossdressing, Family/Friends and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Congratulations on telling your mother. I think letting the truth out is better than hiding or suppressing, but it may take a few years for it to sink in.

  2. Congratulations, that was a big first step. I know how hard that was. I have often thought about telling my parents and how it would go but have never done it. I think for the simply reason like you Susan is only part of who I am a big part but still only part. It sounds like it went well and I hope she grows to love her new daughter as much as her son.
    Hugs

  3. Congratulations on taking such a big step!

  4. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading this.
    You are a beautiful human being. Hold on to that! (I wrote a post about identifying others as humans first. And identifying our own humanity first. It’s called Identity Lingo 2.)
    Keep posting! I’ll follow!

    • Thank you Tahsin. That’s a great way to look at the world, we are all humans first just trying to find our way through life. We all have so much in common if we allow ourselves to look at the bigger picture.

  5. Good for you for letting you mother into this important part of your life. Its never easy to
    open up but it’ll be worth the effort in the long run, Happy Holidays!

  6. Wow Katie, good for you! I am impressed with your honesty.

    I do agree that you placed your mom in kind of an odd position. My sister and I have an agreement with each other, if we say something to each other, then assume the information will go directly to our spouses. If you don’t want me to tell my wife, then don’t tell me.

    It sounds as if your mom will be willing to continue to discuss this with you, and that is a great thing. Many people are just not interested and don’t want to know anything about this, so its wonderful that she was and is willing to talk with you about this.

    Good for you sweetie!

    • Thank you Nadine for your love and support. It feels like this will be something that my parents and I will be able to work through and discuss. I wish you and Jules a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. Congratulations, Katie! Sounds like there’s still a long way to go but good for you for taking that first step!

  8. Katie, you continue to impress and inspire. The goals you achieved this past year have been huge! Your writing is always great and I am so glad you are sharing this online and in your life. Merry Christmas and a glamorous new year!

    • Thank you, Anna! We all have made progress in our lives in order to live a more honest life, and I am happy to have made so many supportive and loving friends over the last two years. I wish you and your growing family a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

  9. I’m just seeing this and so happy that the conversation went well! I think most parents just want to know that our kids will be happy & healthy and have a full life; seems like you’ve got that! Hope your new year is going well. oxo

    • Thank you, Karen. I really have had some amazing love and support from family and friends over the years, which has made life easier and happier. I really do appreciate the stories you share on your blog as they provide a different perspective as a parent, it really opens my eyes to new ways of looking at things. Thank you, and have a wonderful new year, for you and your family.

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