Supporting partners

Small acts can make a big difference

Trans people often experience discrimination and marginalisation, and this affects their partners as well.

These resources were developed from research conducted by Krystle Chester into the experiences of partners of people undergoing a gender transition in Aotearoa New Zealand. The gender transition process is challenging for the person going through the changes, and can also affect the people around them, and in particular, their partners.  

Contributing to her recent Master of Science degree in Psychology at Massey University, Krystle’s research involved interviewing partners of transgender people. They discussed how they often felt unsupported during the gender transition process.  The resources draw on these stories of partners to illustrate some of their common experiences and the ways in which their friends and family could be supportive. They highlight the importance of small acts, such as listening without judgment and using preferred pronouns.

Produced in collaboration with the Critical Heath and Social Psychology Research Cluster at Massey University, these resources are available to be freely used and distributed by educators, health practitioners and other interested parties. The materials are covered by a Creative Commons license for free use provided no alterations are made.

Publications

‘Part of me already knew’: the experiences of partners of people going through a gender transition process Culture, Health and Sexuality: Book cover

Krystle Chester, Antonia Lyons & Veronica Hopner
Pages 1-14, Published online: 02 May 2017
Findings from the study have recently been published in Culture, Health & Sexuality, an international journal for research, intervention and care. This article can be accessed from the journal's online pages for those with institutional library access.  Please contact Krystle or Antonia directly if you need to access a copy of the article by other means.

Information sheets / Posters

These resources can be printed and shared as information sheets or as A4 or A3 posters, from the high resolution a printable pdf files below.


The front page of our information sheet shares people’s stories to show how small acts, such as using preferred pronouns, can make a positive difference to partners of trans people.

This resource can be printed as the front of a double-sided A4 information sheet/handout, or as an A3 or A2 poster.


5 ways to support transgender people and their partners: Print-front (6,778 KB)


The back page of our information sheet outlines 5 key things that can make a big difference to the experiences of partners of trans people. It also provides information about the research that informed these resources.

This resource can be printed as the front of a double-sided A4 information sheet/handout, or as an A3 or A2 poster.


5 ways to support transgender people and their partners: Print-back (1,835 KB)

Individual story posters

These resources can be printed and shared as A4 or A3 posters, from the high resolution a printable pdf files below.

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