Three years later, David realized something else about himself. While he had come out to his wife as a gay man, ever since he was 5 years old he had always felt like a girl. He used to dress in his mom’s clothes and had considered suicide when he was 13 because he felt so out of place. He thought that coming out as gay would allow him to act as feminine as he liked. But it wasn’t enough.
“The part about being attracted to men was correct,” David later realized. “The assumption that I was a man was the error.”
After 50 years of living as a man, David began transitioning into a woman and renamed himself Danielle.
“Inside he’s the same person that I married…” Cat told CBS News. “Just the outside has changed.”
“It felt so good to be me,” Danielle said. “It felt so good to be a woman, to be Danielle. This is incredibly cool.”
The two are still married and live just a few minutes from one another. Danielle eventually wrote a book about his experience called Untying The Knot: A Husband And Wife’s Story Of Coming Out Together. She also write articles about trans issues for The Huffington Post.