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I came out as a transgender woman after my wife died – a year later I’m loving again with my 10-year-old son’s teacher

A widow who came out as a transgender woman after the death of her first wife reveals she has found love again – with her 10-year-old son’s female teacher.

In 2017, Katie Papilio-Davis’ wife, Minxi Liu, 41, died of metastatic breast cancer. Before her death, Katie, 53, had told Minxi she was coming out as a trans woman and received continued support.

After becoming a widow, Katie, from Topeka, Kansas, fell in love with her son’s kindergarten teacher, Beth, 59, who had lost her own husband in 2018 after he died of a heart attack.

The duo met for a year and quickly fell in love before deciding to tie the knot in 2020.

Katie and Beth have now shared that they are more enamored with each other than ever. They added that losing someone they loved has taught them how to live life to the fullest.

A widow who came out as a transgender woman after the death of her first wife reveals she has found love again - with her 10-year-old son's teacher (newlywed couple seen together)

A widow who came out as a transgender woman after the death of her first wife reveals she has found love again – with her 10-year-old son’s teacher (newlywed couple seen together)

After becoming a widow, Katie, from Topeka, Kansas, fell in love with her son's kindergarten teacher, Beth, 59, who lost her own husband in 2018 after he died of a heart attack (Katie seen with wife Beth)

After becoming a widow, Katie, from Topeka, Kansas, fell in love with her son’s kindergarten teacher, Beth, 59, who lost her own husband in 2018 after he died of a heart attack (Katie seen with wife Beth)

Katie never thought she would find love again after losing her wife. But nine months after Minxi’s death, in September 2018, she met Beth while dropping her son, who was five years old at the time.to school.

Minxi (seen) even supported and helped her transition prior to her death

Minxi (seen) even supported and helped her transition prior to her death

At the time, she was still four months away from completing her transition and had been undergoing hormone therapy for two years. Her son, now ten, had no trouble adjusting to her womanhood.

Katie and Minxi hit it off immediately and sealed the deal with a “passionate kiss” in August 2019.

The couple proposed two months later and began planning a June 2020 wedding.

Katie said: ‘I couldn’t wait to marry her – it was so wonderful – we are very happy together.

‘We adopted each other’s children, we now have six in the family in total.

‘We travel a lot around the country with the children, spend time on houseboats and go sailing. And we bought a beautiful house that we painted ourselves.’

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the wedding was small and the brides were surrounded by six friends and family members.

Beth and Katie met in September 2018, while Katie was dropping her son, then five, off at school

Beth and Katie met in September 2018, while Katie was dropping her son, then five, off at school

Katie explained: ‘Covid kept the wedding arrangements very small. We originally had a room reserved for about 30 people, but we weren’t planning on having a very big wedding anyway.

“The money we lost was on a sailing cruise, we spent several thousand on that.”

The couple had to convert their wedding into a ‘backyard gazebo’ and limit their guest list to six people, in line with government restrictions.

Two of their children, ages 14 and 10, were present, as were the official, her wife and Beth’s two best friends.

“Our backyard is just beautiful, and we ended up doing the wedding there. A lady, Donna, drove from Kansas City to be our officiant – she and her wife came.

“We had eight people here in the backyard – it was very short, Donna pretty much did the ceremony and drove off straight away,” Katie added.

While the couple initially wanted to spend “thousands” on their wedding, they ended up spending “several hundred” on a donation to Donna for her time.

The lovebirds were so excited to tie the knot that Katie could barely contain herself and planted a kiss on Beth as she read her vows.

Katie said: ‘I was very excited during the vows – I reached over and kissed Beth as she said hers.

The couple proposed two months later and planned a wedding for June 2020 (the couple seen with their children)

The couple proposed two months later and planned a wedding for June 2020 (the couple seen with their children)

‘I was verbally abused at my own wedding! It was really cute, everyone was laughing.”

Beth said: “It was beautiful – Katie was just grinning from ear to ear.

“She didn’t just give me a little kiss during the vows, she put her arms around me and gave me a big hug.”

The duo recalled their intimate wedding, noting that they loved how “short” and “beautiful” it was.

Beth recalled, “One of the people at the wedding, Mindy, brought flowers – because it was 2020 and people couldn’t do much, she had just gotten some flowers and made my bouquet.

‘My lovely wife and I decided to go barefoot for the wedding. My dress was a knee-length, sleeveless lace wedding dress.

‘Katie’s was also floor-length, with a train and lace. She wore a tiara, while our daughter wore unicorn horns.

‘We walked through the back door into the backyard and the official was waiting at the pond. We had just set up a few chairs for the people who were there. We took our vows and enjoyed being with our family; it was short and sweet.’

Katie and Beth have now shared that they are more in love with each other than ever.  They added that losing someone they loved has taught them how to live life to the fullest.

Katie and Beth have now shared that they are more in love with each other than ever. They added that losing someone they loved has taught them how to live life to the fullest.

The couple has spent the last four years in ‘marital bliss’.

Katie informed Beth that she no longer needed to work as her sole income as a project manager was enough for both of them.

The family and their children (ages 34, 32, 30, 24, 14 and 10) go on vacation every year to places like Florida and Galveston, Texas.

Beth said: “We really enjoy every day – they say you should live every day as if it’s your last, and we take that to heart.

‘Having both lost our partners in the past, we know how short life can be.

‘We both want to make the most of every day and enjoy our surroundings to the fullest.’