On Strange Sex, we saw a female-to-male transgendered person discuss his transition. It was great that he was so open about it. What was even better was watching his girlfriend Abby support him the whole way.
Nat, born Natalie, transitioned from female to male through hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery. I give Nat so much credit for following his heart and finding himself.
What was truly amazing for me, though, was hearing his girlfriend Abby talk. Abby and Nat began dating when Nat recognized himself as a man, but was physically female. Abby detailed their relationship, stating that she knew she (a straight female) had a connection with Nat, and although it was difficult at times, she stood by Nat in a relationship.
Like other relationships, Nat and Abby's wasn't perfect - they broke up / separated a few times when the relationship became difficult (like during times when Nat's hormones went wild during hormone therapy). But overall, Abby stuck by Nat and even made a comment that it was awesome that she'd get to pick the size of Nat's new penis.
I truly respect Nat for following his dreams and Abby for being so open about how gender, while it matters, isn't a deal breaker in a relationship just because it doesn't fit a typical stereotype of who a person likes. It was great to see Abby be so open about her feelings and relationship with Nat. She isn't hiding from the world and pretending that Nat was born a guy - she loves Nat for who he is inside, and that counts for a lot.
Props to Abby and Nat!
I feel that I should call attention to a few other details of the show, along with talking about how awesome Nat and Abby are.
* Nat's parents are amazing. The fact that hey helped Nat with his transition, and were willing to share their story, is fantastic. I hope they realize their story will help others in similar situations.
* The show had a realistic portrayal of a female to male transition. The show showed the struggles that Nat faced. Strange Sex did not make it seem like switching from a male to female body is easy - it showed the struggles with hormones, cost for surgeries and more.
* I give Nat so much credit for following his heart. He struggled through high school when he couldn't begin his gender reassignment, but overcame that and found his way to happiness. I can't even imagine the pain and stress that goes along with gender reassignment, and Nat seemed to handle it as well as possible.
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