At Esprit we realize the difficulty our Significant Others face in coping with a transgender partner in a committed relationship. How many young girls do you know of with a burning desire to spend their lives with a partner who wears their clothes? We also realize that the health of the relationship, as well as the mental health of the partners in many cases, depends upon the ability to smoothly assimilate this unusual behavior into the relationship. For this reason, Esprit demonstrates a fundamental commitment to our wonderful Significant Others and to couples. At Esprit the Significant Other Program is a fundamental part of the conference and educational program and this program is recognized as the best program of its kind in the country, if not the world.
We are pleased to announce that Dotti Berry returns again to facilitate and teach during this year's SO Program classes. Sharon Babcock returns again as the SO Program Coordinator with her personal insights on what it's like to be in a relationship with a transgender Significant Other.
Many of the scheduled classes are restricted to only the partners of TG attendees. These classes are designed to ensure your privacy and comfort. We make every effort to provide a safe place to share feelings, ask questions and discover that you are not alone. These classes are "closed door" and are conducted with the understanding that what is said in the room, stays in the room! It is important to note that the door will be LOCKED. This ensures that the group process is not interrupted. Please arrive early and ready to join in the discussions. Our classes are led by professionals with many years of experience.
Room 248 is a large and comfortable room reserved for the SO Program. This room is where all the classes will take place and is reserved before and after classes for SO's to rest, relax, and regroup. You can scan the schedule for the retreats and classes you are interested in and read the detailed class descriptions or go here to see just the SO. The SO Program Coordinator can be reached by using the Contact Us Page and will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Comments from Significant Others attending Esprit in previous years:
I had a great time. I am so glad to have other SO support.
D. Knudson, Clackamas, Oregon
I had an excellent time. I learned a lot. I made many new friends. I want to come back next year!! Thank you for making me feel very welcome. It was nice meeting other wives in the same boat. The immediate connection was like meeting members of your family you didn't know you had.
N. Coleman, Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
I had a wonderful time. This was one of the most important experiences of my life. It deeply affected me. It also had a profound and positive impact on my marriage and the marriage was very good already!! Thank you for setting up the SO options.
S. Nelson, Spokane, Washington