Dating transition couple
“I’m the oldest teen-age girl you’ve ever met,” Ainsworth told me recently.Ainsworth and Lee, who live in New York City, met in 2014 at Cross Dressers International, a support group and safe space for cross-dressers and transgender women.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?They were just friends at first, until one day Lee invited Ainsworth to her apartment under the pretense of watching “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Before long, they began dating. “I never realized I wanted to spend time with people. ” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” And they are women in love.I was so used to being isolated and alone.” Being with Ainsworth, she said, “was just so natural.”Transitioning is a process we often think of as harrowing or lonely, but Ghelli gives as much weight to the routines of Ainsworth and Lee’s daily partnership as she does to the heightened emotions of surgery and hospital visits. In one photo, Ainsworth kneels beside Lee in the busy waiting room at Hahnemann University Hospital, in Philadelphia; they are the only ones in the frame with joy on their faces.On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.