This is the story of Laura and Galen Mitchell, who met in college and instantly fell in love with each other.
In September 2005, Laura saw her the-husband, Galen, for the first time when they were both sitting at a small lunch table in a liberal arts school in Minnesota.
According to Laura, Galen was wearing a T-shirt of a band she liked and got intrigued. She returned home and sent her a message on Facebook if she wanted to hang out, and Galen (who presented as a male then) agreed.
The pair met at their campus arboretum that night and talked for the rest of the night.
“Conversation came really easily and we just kept talking the rest of the night,” Laura told HuffPost.
After going out for a few years, the couple tied the knot in 2011.
“From the very beginning, our relationship has been built on great communication and trust,” Laura said.
According to Laura, she and Galen have always been really open and honest about everything in their relationship and used to converse a lot on different topics.
She said in the earlier years of their marriage, Galen would often tell her how she didn’t want to be a man and wanted to be born as a girl instead.
“She told Laura that she felt she should have been ‘born a girl’ ― or ‘assigned female at birth’ in today’s parlance ― but she never used the word ‘transgender.’
“I told Laura I probably would have been happier if that had been the case and that I felt like I was closer to ‘woman’ than ‘man,’” Galen told the outlet.
“However, I also said that I would never do anything about it.”
Meanwhile, Laura, who also spent most of her childhood dressing up and acting like a tomboy, said she completely understood Galen’s feelings.
“She would say things like, if there was a magic button, I would press it to change the way my body was,” said Laura. “But because she didn’t say anything about being trans, or wanting to see a therapist, or wanting to make changes in ways that felt really practical, I just sort of thought of it as, ‘Oh, you know, she wishes things were different, but she’s OK that they aren’t, and she found a little niche for herself in the world.’”
In 2015, when Laura was pregnant with their first child, Galen finally took the plunge and told Laura that she wanted to transition.
“I was deeply afraid of what Laura’s reaction would be, but it was simply impossible to hold it in anymore,” she told HuffPost.
Laura said initially, she was a little resistant and even felt afraid and worried about their marriage and people’s opinions. But she decided to fully support Galen after realizing that’s what she really wanted throughout her life.
“I remember saying things like, well, I’ll support you with whatever you decide, and if you want to present more gender-neutral, then I would support that,” she said.
Galen added, “Laura approached things with a lot of care and wanting to understand and managed, at least in her interactions to me, to largely put a lot of her own fears and concerns on the back burner with the knowledge that I was depressed and needing support.”
Today, Galen identifies as bisexual and lives happily in Denver with their two kids.
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