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My stepfather ended our relationship after I came out as trans

emotional abuse.My mum’s side of the family had always been small, and we’d already lost people to age and illness when she died in 2017. I think the strangeness of still being bound to this tiny family unit, along with the grief, affected him more than he dared admit.Another stressor had been added since I’d started exploring my gender identity in 2020, trying non-binary on for size. While he hadn’t said anything about it, at least not to me, his silence gave me the feeling that he didn’t like where my self-expression was going.
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