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HOME-REMAKING IN A TRANSGENDER MARRIAGE by Kristin Collier

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What would you do if you had to remake yourself after your husband became your wife?  Kristin Collier tells her story – at turns hilarious, at turns poignant – in beautiful prose that draws you into the journey of her family’s transformation. By the end, you forget that the story is supposed to be about gender identity – you’re so wrapped up in the humanity of the characters that you lose your inhibitions in Collier’s complex, messy, and graceful world. With wit and wisdom, Collier holds your hand, straps on her apron and leads you into the messy kitchen, where she cooks up a glorious tale of transformation, tradition, and triumph.

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Talking transgender issues in today’s social-political climate on WRJN

My first radio interview that specifically focused on transgender issues in today’s socio-political climate — great fun! Good thing I’d spent the weekend writing byline articles in the same vein and had statistics top of mind. This radio clip opens...
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Story in UK’s The Independent: “She’s the most amazing person I know so why would I leave?”

Thanks to Rachel Hosie and The Independent for a sweet interview about Seda and I that ran this morning. Loved this line: “She began questioning her marriage, asking herself if the love could be real when the man wasn’t.“ “She’s the most...
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On CBS Bay Area KPIX

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About
Kristin K. Collier is an educator and writer from Eugene, OR. Her words have appeared in The Sun magazine, and her poetry is a frontispiece for Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s People of the Sea. She has been teaching Compassionate Communication since 2004. Collier and her spouse were featured in NPR’s program, Snap Judgment, in their Valentine’s edition, 2012. Click to hear the episode. 

Housewife is an uplifting and beautiful story that shows us what it means to love unconditionally and be honest with both ourselves and others. This book will capture your heart.

— CAT J. ZAVIS, Empathic Communication Trainer and Executive Director of Network of Spiritual Progressives
Snapshots…

In 2006, Kristin’s partner began transitioning from male to female. Her poignant memoir is punctuated by snapshots of daily family life: poetic instances that are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreakingly tender. Click below to view a gallery of images and the stories that go along with her family’s transgender journey.

My husband tells me that while I was at my mother’s, he wore a skirt all the time. It swished around his ankles as he danced up and down the hall, and my husband had an epiphany: he was meant to be a woman. Everything is clear. To him.

I want another baby. I’m afraid to have one with Fred because our family could be on the brink of extinction. I’m tempted to conceive before it disintegrates, so I can have one more child with this person I adore beyond reason.My inner stockbroker determines that it is not a wise investment to have a baby now. I decide to plan for a new dog instead.

The City of Eugene removes the exclusion clause and transpeople finally receive insurance for needed treatment. Seda’s surgery will be covered at 80 percent. She reads the letter at the picnic table then sets it beside her, staring out into the garden without a smile on her face. “Is it over?” she asks me, and she begins to cry.


What’s New

Awards for “Housewife”!

In 2017, Housewife received a Nautilus award (former recipients include Thich Nhat Hanh, Barbara Kingsolver, Deepak Chopra, and the Dalai Lama), an Independent Press Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and has been selected as a finalist for the Foreword...
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The Story of a Transgender Marriage: When a Husband Became a Wife

Many thanks to Dr. Suzanne Phillips for a wonderful interview (it starts about a minute and a half into the recording)! Suzanne really got into the nuts and bolts of our transition as individuals and as a couple. I loved being able to share about the ways that...

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MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer

I enjoyed Dr. Pamela Brewer’s interview immensely. Her site is a “source for relationship and mental health literacy,” and I’m honored to be included in what she has to share, honored more that she became so engrossed in our interview that...

Author talk, Eugene Public Library

Looking forward to the opportunity to share and talk about “Housewife: Home-remaking in a Transgender Marriage”, about my experience dealing with my husband’s transition — and the larger concept of handling life’s surprises with compassion....

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I loved writing this piece for The Daily Caller because it asked me to synthesize my family and personal life with our current political atmosphere in a succinct post. What goes on in my head (having a transgender parenting partner) when I read the headlines these...

Lincoln City Library talk

Received a nice note from Donna Rhoda after she read my book following the Library talk a couple weeks ago. “…Thank you for your very informative presentation at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, Oregon as part of the Oregon author series…...

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