Thank you, JJ!
It’s hard not to think of those years as lost or wasted, when I couldn’t dress, I couldn’t express that part of my self. But I’ve learned from that experience and it’s over now, so onward and forward!
I too have placed more restrictions than necessary on my dressing in front of my girlfriend, but I’m still struggling with my comfort level, still recovering from the repressive years I guess. For now, it’s enough that she understands, she’s supportive of what she affectionately refers to as my “Fancy wardrobe,” and all is well.
Thank you again for the warm welcome! I feel like I’m home!
Good luck, and keep an open dialog with her so she feels free to express here needs as you can yours.