An unhappy ending

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I was glad to read the articles about transgender successes in the Pittsburgh area (“An Identity to Call Their Own,” June 1-2). However, I think it is also important to know that not all such stories end happily. In 2008, for example, more than 30 members of my family joined in celebrating my daughter’s marriage in California to her woman partner, but two years later the latter decided to transition to a male.

Two years after that, he announced that he no longer wanted to be in a “relationship” (otherwise known, in this case, as a “marriage”) and walked out. Since that time my daughter has had to take on two additional jobs along with a housemate to manage mortgage payments.

Since California is a community property state, arranging for a divorce is both complicated and expensive, especially when one spouse is uncooperative. It’s a sad sequel to what my daughter once described as “the happiest day of her life.”


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