06/30/2014 12:50 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

This Man's Mom Had The Best Reaction To His Trans Partner

As she wrote in a heartfelt blog earlier this month, transgender woman Andy Marra had a longtime struggle with dating. She would meet a nice man, things would go well, then he'd ask to keep it quiet because he didn't want to publicly date a trans woman.

That all changed when she met Drew Shives.

Shives is the supportive partner Marra has been looking for, the couple told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski, and the good vibes extend to Shives's family.

"My mom, as soon as I told her that I was dating Andy, she immediately went out and found books and she found a blog to read up more about transgender transitions, and she was actually giving me advice on what kind of foods Andy should eat, what kind of lifestyle she should live in order to help with the transition," Shives said.

See Marra and Shives describe their relationship in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about trans dating.



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