Twelve-step programs can be a hard pill for some to swallow. Anyone can go, so there is room for a host of bad experiences. Being transgender and in the rooms adds an additional layer of difficulty to the program. While being gay, lesbian and bisexual is now much more accepted in society, the transgender community is still underrepresented and much misunderstood.
Eric got sober at 23, and a little over a year later he transitioned from female to male. He lives in a conservative city in California which has a very small transgender community. After Eric came out, he found most of his 12-step buddies supportive, but it did put a strain on some of his relationships. Not long after his transition to male began, his sober guy friends encouraged him to attend a men's meeting that needed more support.