As Christine made the transition away from Chris, hormones played a large role in making her more feminine. However, she says the real challenge was stepping into the dating scene. Christine dated both genders, but she found herself more drawn to women. "Lesbianism has its own culture, and I was coming from a definite heterosexual world," Christine says. "So when I started dating, I was very self-conscious. "
Christine turned to online dating for help, and after a series of bad dates, she eventually found Lisa. After emailing for a few weeks, they had their first date and Lisa says they "clicked" right away. Throughout her new dating life, Christine had one rule: Before she kissed anyone, she would tell them she was transgender.
When she eventually told Lisa, it didn't change a thing. "It made me more interested in her," Lisa says. "I wanted to get to know her as a person. She was gorgeous, she was intelligent, she was articulate and she seemed interested in me. So by her telling me that she was transgender or had been a man, it did nothing to me at all except make me want to get to know her better."
Christine and Lisa eventually moved in together, and within a year they started trying to have a baby.