Yesterday I learned that someone in my husband’s extended family has begun the MTF transition. Her family is having some difficulty understanding and dealing with this. Her parents are both in their mid- to late-70’s and just don’t get it. To their credit, however, they really want to try, and they know that they need to deal with it if they want to continue having a relationship (which they do).
I was asked if I could get them some resources, since I am in the mental health field. However, Gender Identity is not an area of expertise for me, so I figured I would ask some of the knowledgable folks here. Specifically what they are looking for are books/websites/groups (Massachusetts area) on how they themselves can boh cope with the wide range of emotions they are feeling and deal with the changes in the entire family (there are young grandchildren involved, as well as a son who refuses to have anything to do with the transgendered individual now, and so they are feeling torn, etc).
Really, anything anyone can tell me about reputable resources would be greatly appreciated. As you can imagine, googling ‘transgender’ really brings up too wide an array right now.