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Sally Hines

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349163

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349163.001.0001

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Partnering and parenting relationships

Partnering and parenting relationships

(p.127) Six Partnering and parenting relationships
transForming gender

Sally Hines

Policy Press

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

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