Transgender/Transsexual/Relationship Retreat

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Hello!
I am a bio female who is engaged to a transmale and we have been having some relationship difficulty. We are looking into attending a couples retreat for our anniversary this summer but to maximize our experience there and receive better counseling I was hoping for a recommendation on a retreat that has experience with the transgender community so that we feel comfortable and understood. We are in the Metro-Detroit area but are willing to travel a reasonable distance, including our surrounding area of Canada.
Thank you for your help
Natalia

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Dear Natalia:

I only know of one retreat that was dedicated to couples which occurred in California many years ago.  It was a one time deal.  I suggest that you contact Transgender Michigan as they would be in the best position to provide information regarding local resources.

Their URL is http://www.transgendermichigan.org/

Wishing you the best and congratulations on your engagement.

Regards,

Michael

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Mike Hernandez

Expertise

I can answer questions that pertain to transition, coming out, dating, surgical options, etc., related to FTMs (female to male) and genderqueer individuals with a masculine gender expression.

Experience

I'm FTM who started transition in 1991. I have published articles and have spoken at colleges and universities on being and living as a transgendered individual. I have also presented workshops at a variety of FTM/transgendered conferences including FTM Conference of the Americas (1995-1997), Southern Comfort (late 1990s) Forward Motion (1999), Gender Odyssey (2000, 2004), and Forge (2007). I was one of several organizers of the Forward Motion conference.

Organizations
Former boardmember of FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, Inc.

Publications
"Transgendered Lust " appearing in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond by Morty Diamond (San Francisco: Manic Press, 2004) A contribution to Bears on Bears by Ron Suresha (San Francisco: Alyson Publications, 2002); "Redemption" appearing in Best Lesbian Erotica, ed. Tristan Taormino (San Francisco: Cleis Press 2001); Best of the Best Lesbian Erotica 2 , ed. Tristan Taormino (San Francisco: Cleis Press 2004); originally appearing in Academy: Tales of the Market Place by Laura Antoniou (New York: Mystic Rose Books, 2000); Appearance in Transmen & FTMS: Identities, Bodies, Genders & Sexualities by Jason Cromwell (University of Illinois Press, 1999); "I Am Neither Man Nor Woman" Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, ed. Leslie Feinberg (Boston: Beacon Press, 1998); "Holding My Breath Under Water" Looking Queer , ed. Dawn Atkins (Boston: Hayworth Press, 1998); "Boundaries: Gender and Transgenderism," The Second Coming , eds. Pat(rick) Califia and Robin Sweeney (San Francisco: Alyson Publications, 1996); and # "Packing, Passing & Pissing," Dagger , eds. Lily Burana, Roxxie, and Linnea Due (San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1994).

Education/Credentials
Post graduate.

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