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#1 DavidRosner

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 08:05 PM

I have a situation in which a cousin (male) was married, had 2 daughters, then divorced, then transgendered to female...

TMG will not let me change the sex flag, stating that "this person is listed as the primary father of at least one person, and cannot be female"...

 

Any thoughts on how best to record this...??

 

 

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#2 Jim Byram

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:19 AM

You realize that the person is still male and is still the children's father irrespective of any attempt to change his secondary sexual appearance, lifestyle, and behavior? A person can't change his/her sex. It's embedded in the chromosomes of each of the billions of cells that compose the person.

 

I'd leave the person's sex and relationship to the children alone (since they haven't changed) and handle the transgender part of his life with a custom tag.



#3 Michael Hannah

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 06:24 AM

Hi David,

 

This issue has been discussed before.  This recurring issue is about using a genealogy program, whose purpose is to document genetic relationships, but then trying to document family/social relationships.  TMG assumes, and enforces, the Primary "parents" of a child being one male and one female and the program is designed to assume it is a genetic relationship.

 

See especially the discussion here about Same Sex couples.  As I mentioned there, I recommend creating two separate "people" in the TMG database, one person before the change and one after.  For details see that topic and also my discussion of two approaches to recording Adoption data in my on-line book here.

 

Hope this gives you ideas,


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#4 Michael Hannah

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:50 AM

David,  I now notice that you were the person who asked this same question in that other post I referenced, which I answered over a year ago.  Was there something about that response of mine, or the discussion in my book, which you did not understand?

 

Describe what you find confusing and I will try to explain in more detail.


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