I’m Kelly and I’m married to the beautiful Zoey. We’ve been together for over 11 years, and we have two children, George and Molly, and a crazy labradoodle called Ziggy.
We met back in 2007, and after a few ups and downs, we got married in 2008. A year later George was born, followed by Molly the very next year. We’ve moved around quite a bit over the years, from South Wales to Birmingham, and back again!
It’s been an adventurous decade for us as a couple and as a family, but 2019 saw the biggest change in our family dynamics. On New Year’s Eve 2018, Zoey came out as transgender. It was a bit of a shock at first, but George and Molly were incredibly supportive, understanding, and accepting. Their response to the news was, ‘as long as she’s happy’, and from that moment, we knew we’d be alright.
We have a friend who always says, ‘children are the first to notice and the last to care’, and in a sense, she’s so right. Of course, George and Molly care, but not in a negative way at all. They are so supportive and kind, and it gives us so much hope for the future of the transgender community.
Let’s Own It!
After Zoey came out, we had a few months of adjustment, as well as telling family, friends, and finally the world. I still remember discussing whether we’d blog about it or not, and Zoey’s reaction was basically, ‘Let’s own who we are!’. From this moment, Our Transitional Life was born, and we haven’t looked back…
We’ve lost friends and family, but we’ve welcomed new and wonderful people into our lives. People who support us, champion us and offer us support when things get tough. We even won an award this year for our blog, and it means the absolute world to us and the LGBTQ+ community. This kind of visibility will educate and encourage the world to shift their perspective, and even when we face prejudice, we do it to help other people in the same situation. We believe that even if we help one person along the way, it’s enough…
Since Zoey came out, we tend to live each day as it comes, and even though each day can potentially offer challenges and judgement, we always know we have each other. Coming home (family is home, right?!) means everything to us because we are stronger together. We are each other’s support and the love within our home fixes everything.
Zoey always says, ‘It’s not just my transition, it’s all of ours’, and she’s right. We’re in it with her, supporting her, championing her, and loving her, always.
And that’s how it will always be, our family, our love, our transitional life