Another key component to the new group is accepting friends and allies.
“Everybody across the board is welcome [now], including significant others, allies and families,” says Flanigan, one of the TransWay members. “This way [allies] can get a better idea what’s going on with their siblings, their brothers and sisters.”
It’s getting there. The trans community, more than anyone really, knows sometimes you have to start all over again in order to get it right—even though the process can be painful.