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I came out to my wife close to 6 years ago now. We fought a lot because of it. Mainly because I didn't want to lose custody of my kids during a divorce, but also because I'm scared of how my parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. would react, I never started my transition. I told my wife it was a phase and we ignored it. Last year, I told my wife again and the same thing happened again. I grew up mormon, married a mormon girl, have raised a mormon family, but haven't believed in the religion since I was a child. My wife's response last time I told her I was trans was "Read your scriptures and pray every day and God will heal you". I don't know why I care what all these religious people care about me. It's hard to explain the power they hold over me. I was taught over and over growing up how wrong being gay or trans was. My parents caught me multiple times dressing up, (10 years old, and again when I was 17) and they made it clear how sinful that was. I'm 37, I shouldn't care what my parents, siblings, or in-laws think, but I'm terrified to come out. I think part of my issue is the 5 or 6 times I have told people I'm trans over the years, I've never once got a positive or supportive reaction. Not once, so there is scare tissue there making me want to stay hidden. I also don't want to hurt my wife (who will leave me if I transition) or children.

This brings me to recent times. I've never really had a lot of bad thoughts about suicide, but a few weeks ago I had a dream I was somehow attending my own funeral after killing myself. Since then, it's been on my mind a lot. I can't talk to my wife about it, because we just ignore problems. If we don't talk about it, it doesn't exist. I'm no longer trans because I haven't brought up my gender dysphoria with my wife, therefore God must have healed me (or I just ignore it). The one thing that did snap me out of that bad thought pattern the other day was when I got an email from my HR for our Health Insurance open enrollment. The email indicated that Gender Confirmation Surgery is now covered on my insurance which pulled me into a feeling of hopefulness for the future which I haven't had in a long time. I'm just worried that if I don't start going down the path of actually starting my transition while I have this opportunity at my current job, the hopelessness will start creeping back in along with my bad suicidal thoughts. Any tips on how to transition and basically blow up my life and all my relationships  without hurting all the people I care about?

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@picklesaregross321I wish I had something to tell you, but I don't.  I know how deep religious transphobia runs - it kept me from accepting myself for years.  And of course you don't want to hurt or lose your family.  And yet you are still you.  Having GCS covered by insurance, is pretty tempting to be sure.  

Maybe someone with more wisdom can help better than me.  But I do feel for you and the others here in similar situations.

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@picklesaregross321 You seem to be in a difficult position, so I understand your feelings.


I was raised under a different religion than you, but similarly, some people in it are very transphobic. In my eyes, God is Love. It may judge my deeds but not who I am. There is no fault in the way I am - or anyone is. Still, some relatives of mine follow the transphobic line of thinking.


One thing caught my attention: you won't come out for fear of hurting your wife and children, but you consider ending your life, which would be absolutely devastating for them. Sometimes we hurt so much that ending our life seems like the only option (I've been there), but despair makes us forget the damage that we would cause to the ones who love us, and the damage that we would cause to ourselves. Life is all about opportunities. You have a big future ahead. I'm glad that GCS covered by insurance gave you hope.


I just started coming out, which I thought impossible. Having a gender therapist and learning from people in this forum were instrumental for me. If you're not seeing a gender therapist, I would recommend you find one. It will make a huge difference.


Big hugs

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My wife knew but also let me know that she could not tolerate my gender issues.  At one point she told me i should get therapy which is just what i wanted at that time.  Working with a therapist helped me a great deal.  They were available for her as well.  With time, love and patience we have stayed together despite some rocky times.  Please reach out for help from a girder or other therapist.  It can workout, perhaps not as one might wish but somehow that is often better than we would have expected.


Big Hugs,



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Hi @picklesaregross321  Nice to meet you and, Welcome.

I am in a similar cloistered situation with my wife and for now its preventing me from moving forward (but I do have some freedom to dress at home).  I understand your feelings and specially your fears about coming out. 
I echo the others' advice to continue or return to therapy, and definitely let your therapist know about your thoughts about self-harm (even if you doubt your desire to follow through .. it needs to be in the open to be able to deal with it)


My therapist reinforced that I do not have to take "ownership" of others' (my wife's) negative feelings or anxieties.  Those are hers to own, and totally up to her if she can accept your true identity or not.  Also realize, all your "social fears" wrt to family and religion are probably hers also.  IF you can ever get your wife to join you in therapy it may be helpful.


In the end, your personal well-being should be Priority #1. 


I think being here on this Forum is also a good start for you.  Stay with us please 🙏❤️


Deep breaths ... one step at a time

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I don't know if this will help you any, but Dr Z has a video related to this.   I know a lot of people here are struggling with these things.   As for myself, my marriage tanked before I came out.



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