Dating a transgender person comes with certain differences. However, in most ways, it is just like dating anyone else.
There are a handful of things that you should consider when you are dating a transgender man.
Read on for some tips on how to date a transgender man.
Before you get involved with a transgender man, you should make sure that you educate yourself on the basics.
It isn’t difficult to do some research and make sure that you have the correct vocabulary to use.
You might think you don’t need to do any research because you know what a transgender person is , however, you may not know as much as you think you do so there is never any harm in doing some more research.
Often, the information that you have comes from popular media, and it may not be accurate. Make sure that you are using reliable sources.
Google and Wikipedia are great sources to start with. Most people won’t want to educate you on transgender when they are out on a date, so it is a good idea to do a little research before the date.
Try to focus on resources that do not have one specific political stance.
You should ask your date questions and explore what they are comfortable with.
Respect their response and make sure that you are understanding of them. It is very important not to assume certain things about trans people.
For instance, it is important to ask them what pronouns they use. This is important if you have any doubt.
You should also make sure that they are completely comfortable and have given their consent before you escalate the situation physically.
Most transgender people suffer from body dysphoria which means that they are uncomfortable with a lot of characteristics of their body.
Some parts of their body may feel like they don’t fit. Make sure that you discuss this with them to ensure that you know what they are comfortable with.
A trans man may not be comfortable with you touching his chest, so check this with him before you do anything.
Crossing boundaries that someone is not comfortable with can quickly turn them off you.
It may be that you find this hard to understand as this is not something that you have experienced.
However, you should always respect the experiences of others and make sure you listen to them.
There Is More To A Person Than The Fact That They Are Transgender
If dating a trans person is a fantasy of yours or you have a strong preference for dating transgender people, there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, you should make sure that you don’t treat your date as an object or objectify them.
This person doesn’t exist just to fulfill your fantasy or date you. If you treat them like this, you can expect them to turn the other cheek!
No one wants to be completely fetishized. Make sure that you see the transgender man for who they are. A human being with their own desires!
This is the same as it is with dating anyone, you should always acknowledge their needs and remember that they are not just there to fulfill your needs and desires.
Accept That You May Be Judged
If you date a transgender man, you will likely want to tell your friends and family about them as with anyone else.
You don’t want to stop your family from meeting them because this will imply that you are ashamed of them.
However, there are lots of social consequences that come with dating a transgender person. While this is not right, it is true and you should be prepared for this to happen.
These may vary depending on where you live and who you are around. For instance, some people who are not educated on the topic might misunderstand.
They may presume things like you are gay if you are a man who dates a transgender woman. It is important that you have a thick skin against these comments.
Being attracted to transgender people is a part of you and you should honor and embrace that.
However, sometimes these consequences can be more severe. When you date a trans person, you are vulnerable to being ostracized and judged.
You may also be in physical danger. In these cases, it is important to ensure that you are protecting yourself and looking out for each other.
Trans People’s Bodies May Change
Transgender people are sometimes planning to have surgery. Sometimes, they are on a waiting list or they may decide later down the line to get surgery.
While you may like the person’s body as it is, it is important that you allow them to change their body if that is what they wish to do.
While you may not want their body to change, pressuring them to remain the same is not going to help.
Ultimately, you want your partner to feel like they can be who they are and that they don’t have to hide any part of themselves.
Most transgender people have body dysphoria and they will often want to change their bodies in some way. Make sure they are aware that you love them for who they are!
Don’t Make Assumptions
Transgender people are human beings just like you and I! You should make sure that you don’t make assumptions about them.
They are not easier to get into bed than other people and you should not assume that they are.
They are also not going to understand you particularly better or worse than other people. They are just people and you should treat them as such.
So, if you follow these tips when you are dating a transgender man or any transgender person, then you should have no problem.
The bottom line is, as long as you like the person for who they are and listen to them, it is not that different from dating someone who is not transgender.