Uh, well, honestly it wasn’t something I had put much thought into.I had seen attractive trans women in the news and the media and the internet, and I remember thinking “well she looks great!

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At least, a series of jokes and taunts asking if you are not "switching sides" and doubting my manhood. Today (44 years) don't have problems to have gay friends, or go to popular gays bar (good music!

), and even my daughter mother is bi-sexual (more in the lesbian side, in the fact). Or even answer this question "in clear" this question.

Because I hadn’t really determined at that point whether or not I could actually be in a relationship with a trans woman.

I said to myself, “well this is just a date, it’s not like we’re getting married or anything,” and I decided what the hell, I’ll just go ahead and message her and see how it goes. I remember the first time we went out in public at an IHOP, I believe it was.

Don't stop talking to someone just because you realize they identify as trans. Do ask them questions if you feel uneducated about trans issues and trans identity. Trans individuals face a disproportionate amount of violence than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts on dating sites.

As long as you're not being rude and offensive, there is nothing wrong with wanting to know more. This can easily be alleviated with proper education and awareness.

I think that there’s a lot of stigma out there, and I disagree with Laverne Cox saying that it’s more stigma for straight men dating trans women than it is for trans women; but I do agree with her when she says that we need our representative, you know?

We need a straight man to stand up and say “yeah, I’m dating a trans woman” — like someone famous, a celebrity, something like that.

If they are comfortable discussing those issues with you, it's an opportunity to widen your worldview! If you don't identify as trans or genderqueer, take initiative to educate yourself and make these spaces more inclusive and safe for trans individuals.