Rolling Stone, a popular musician named Tom Gabel (of punk-rock band, Against Me!) announced he's starting the transition to becoming publicly female. Honestly, I've never heard of Gabel but I certainly wish him well on this difficult journey.
Gabel has chosen a new name, Laura, and plans to stay with his current wife Heather. They have a two year old girl, with whom Gabel recently painted his toes. Heather doesn't see any reason why they need to break up.
I hope they can maintain their relationship but past history is discouraging. A famous transsexual, Jennifer Finney Boylan, wrote about her transition and described how, in the years following it, her marriage changed and became unworkable. While every relationship is different, the strong forces Boylan described will strain Gabel's marriage to Heather. Similarly, Chaz Bono's relationship with his girlfriend, Jennifer, failed after his transition despite their fervent efforts to maintain it.
Gabel said in his announcement that he hasn't told his parents yet because he expects his father (who works in the military) to never speak to him again and his mother to cry uncontrollably with sadness. As hard as it will be for Gabel to inform his parents, I hope they don't learn about this from reading the news or a magazine.