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      Heather101 Hailey
      Registered On: December 3, 2022
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      I let all my family daughter didnt like. Even my christian mother knows but i ll never let her see. After the telling and seeing i felt relieved. No more hiding etc

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      Fiona Black
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      Registered On: November 23, 2019
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      Very tough to answer your question without knowing the individuals involved but unless there is a specific reason for them to know, I agree with those who say you shouldn’t.

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      Jaimie Jenn
      Registered On: November 24, 2022
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      I would say weigh it very carefully; don’t be drunk or altered or up or down emotionally – play the tape all the way through. For me I can never tell; at least it seems that way now. If you play it safe you always have the option later, but if you still it you can’t unspill it.
      Have a good one , – J

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      Sarah Cerise
      Registered On: September 25, 2022
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      Hi Joanne
      It is a really on a need to know basis if they don’t need to know keep it minimal, sometimes in life less is better. Only you really know how other’s may react.
      Best Wishes
      Sarah xx

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      Duchess - Annual
      Registered On: April 15, 2022
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      That is such a personal choice. Not knowing your family or friends or having clue as to how they would react, I am in no position to offer you advice. Sorry.
      I can simply say for me, right now I am keeping it between my wife and myself. I choose not to involve the rest of my family or friends. Some may accept it, others probably not. Unless there is a need to know, no reason for me to involve them at this time. That is my personal choice. I respect all of the others and the choices they make.

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      Nikki Just Nikki
      Registered On: September 29, 2022
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      I wrestle with this a bit myself. In general, I agree with the “need to know” criterion, but it’s defining that “need” where things get messy. My brothers, never. My mom, never. My daughter? Well, that’s a lot less clear because we’re so close. On Father’s Day in 2021, she came out to me as bisexual because she wanted me to know and understand that about herself. She still hasn’t told her mother. While she never “needs” to know that her dad is bigender, and therefore trans, it’s pretty easy to imagine her being hurt that I didn’t trust her with it if she finds out after I’m gone, or if someone outs me to her, or if she discovers some other way. That would really bother me.

      I think the need to know is still a good default position to take, but ultimately it all hinges on the kind of relationship you have with the family member in question and, crucially, whether or not they can handle the truth. 

      I wish you the best in navigating these waters!

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        Emily Alt
        Registered On: August 24, 2019
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        I think Nikki nailed it here.  Need to know and can the person handle the truth.

        Those are the questions I ask myself.  Need to know casts a wide net since I’m transitioning.  I’m out to most people and will eventually be out to everyone.  I’ve yet to get any pushback or unacceptance.

        However, there are a few that can’t handle the truth for various reasons.  I expect to lose those folks or have strained relations with them.  Unfortunately one of them is my 94 year old father.  Then there’s my staff at work.  Most of them are openly transphobic.  I’ve written about them several times.  It’s my biggest challenge.

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      J J
      Registered On: September 13, 2019
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      I was about to write nearly everything Kris wrote because it is so spot on.

      If you feel your family really needs to know, then yes, but do they really?

      My wife knows I dress, because she needs to know, one because I don’t hide things from here, and two, I don’t want to be caught and have to explain things. If that applies to family then tell them, but for me,their is no need for my family to know because I don’t dress around them nor are they likely to ever know unless I tell them. If things change and I feel the need to dress in front of them, then I will have that conversation at that time.

      If you have a particularly close relationship with a certain family member who you can confide in and feel the need to talk to somebody close, then just talk to that person and ask for confidentiality. I have a cousin I confided in because we always had a special relationship, but she is the only family member beside my wife who knows. It is nice to have somebody to talk to who has my best interest at heart.

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      Darcy S.
      Registered On: May 10, 2019
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      I too agree with the responses. Only you know your family, and unless it’s become important to you that they know, well then that’s a whole different story. 

      Although a bit of a long wait now – maybe just wait till next Halloween & get “dressed to the nines” then smoke-test your families response! 😉 you’ll have a get out of jail card (just for Halloween etc) if it doesn’t go well. And gives you ample time to contemplate telling them at all. 

      I too have been feeling that I should let some other people in. Maybe a long time friend. Because I have a new fear that started shortly after I began living alone (recently divorced😔). Although I do have a longtime friend who I revealed to in 1988, she taught me so much and we had a great time and we’re still close, but she is not the right candidate.

      So nobody in my family knows (neither does my ex…at least I think) about my feminine self – what if something tragic we’re to happen to me!? My family/friends would have no idea about the “Whose and What’s” of this now rather large wardrobe! Admittedly this is kind of silly, but it started to seriously make me worry. I suppose the wigs would be a certain giveaway, but… Maybe I’ll tell one of my closest open minded friends – with the disclaimer to please educate my family about me if necessary. I just feel as if I need someone to be ready & able to explain so there is no mystery. preferable than having my family searching for the mysterious “missing girlfriend or roommate!” Or even worse allowing them to create a narrative of their own… This is important to me because my duality goes deeper than just dressing up. 

      Anyway good luck whatever you decide. 


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      • #698508
        Jennifer Gray
        Registered On: December 2, 2022
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        The Halloween costume idea is a great suggestion! I will keep that in mind for own future use.

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      Alison Anderson
      Registered On: October 15, 2018
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      It’s such a vague question that there’s no way for us to answer it.  Are you talking parents, siblings, kids, or more distant relatives? What’s your reason to tell them? Are you concerned they may pop in unexpectedly, or stay over and find your things? What’s their attitude to crossdressers and/or transgendered? Are they the type who post everything on social media? What does your partner think (or what are their feelings) about telling others?

      Like Kris, I tend to follow the need to know basis. If there is no need, nothing to be gained, then it’s my business and not theirs.

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      Roberta Broussard
      Registered On: July 20, 2020
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      Gaining a clear concious may not be worth the stress and awkwardness that may imposed on others. I agree with Chris Burton, “On A Need To Know Basis” and do they really need to know.

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    • #698348
      Allysa Grant
      Registered On: November 1, 2022
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      Hi, Girlfriend. I would suggest you look at all of the angles carefully. What do you think their feelings are towards CD. I have family that always make snide remarks about men and women who are CD so I refuse to say a word. I truly wish you luck. Big Hugs, Allysa

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      Peta Mari
      Registered On: September 30, 2020
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      Big question. We don’t have enough information about your family dynamic to answer that question.

      Thats something you should discuss with your partner.

      You haven’t said if your a crossdresser or transgender. If your planning to transition or am basically a straight male who likes wearing dresses.

      What does your partner think?

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      • #698346
        Joanne V
        Registered On: November 7, 2022
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        I’m a crossdresser, it’s hard to tell with my partner.seems OKwith me dressing but when I ask my partner goes ok or whatever

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    • #698343
      Kris Burton
      Registered On: August 6, 2022
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      When deciding to tell members of  your family I would ask myself  “Do they need to know”? If you are considering transition, CDing 24/7, or likely to be “caught” while dressed or in a compromising position, I would say they should know. If not, I would say it is your business how you proceed with your private life, and their knowing is not imperative.  Of course if you feel you are hiding something from your loved ones then it may be necessary for you to come out for your own peace of mind – but unless it affects them in some way I would not find it a primary concern. Evaluating that is a decision only you can make in your based on your personal circumstances.

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