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Teen Transgender Couple: Boy Was A Girl And Girlfriend Was A Boy

Teen Transgender Couple: Boy Was A Girl And Girlfriend Was A Boy

TEENAGERS Arin Andrews and Katie Hill look like any loving young couple posing in their swimwear.

It is hard to believe that just two years ago he was a girl called Emerald and she was a boy called Luke.

Arin, 17, and Katie, 19, have both undergone surgery to change their gender.

Just over a year ago Katie, a university student, had gender reassignment surgery.

Last month Arin, who is still at school, had his breasts removed.

He says: “I hated my breasts, I always felt like they didn’t belong. Now I finally feel comfortable in my own body.

“Now when I’m out in a public pool or lifting weights, no one raises an eyebrow. They just think I’m a guy “I can wear a tank top, which I couldn’t before, and I can go swimming shirtless. I can just be a regular guy.

“And I’m so lucky to have my family and Katie to rely on.”

The couple met nearly two years ago at a support group for transgender teenagers. They bonded through their shared experiences.




Teen Transgender Couple: Boy Was A Girl And Girlfriend Was A Boy

Katie says: “To me, Arin’s just my Arin. He’s always looked manly to me. But now he’s had the surgery he’s much more confident and comfortable with himself.

“Being transgender myself, I understand Arin better than anybody else — how good he feels and how complete he feels.”

The teens now love to go swimming and sunbathing together like other couples.

Both their families are supportive of their relationship and say the way the teenagers, from Tulsa in the US, have supported each other has helped in their transition.

But they have not been so lucky with their peers.

Katie was bullied and Arin had to change schools when he revealed he was transgender.

He says: “I lost one of my best friends through the transition.”

Katie started her degree course last autumn but has struggled to make new friends.

She says: “I had a lot of friends in college that were really close to me. Then, all of a sudden, they just stopped talking to me.

“I think they found out I was trans through gossip and decided it was too much for them.”

It has also been difficult for the teenagers’ families, as they have had to come to terms with losing their son and daughter — and also some of their own friends.

Arin’s mum Denise says: “There are still people we don’t interact with any more. I know they questioned me as a parent.”


Teen Transgender Couple: Boy Was A Girl And Girlfriend Was A Boy

It is hard for anyone comfortable with their gender to understand how disturbing it is for young people to feel forced to live in the wrong body, writes Sun Agony Aunt DEIDRE SANDERS.

Of course, parents have to be careful not to jump to conclusions.

But when children seem depressed and talk of feeling they are in the wrong body, parents should not allow their own anxieties to make them dismiss it.


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6 comments:

  1. I don't care for the whole Gay Lesbian Bi Transgender struggle much. It isn't important to me enough to care when the our Liberty by means of the Bill of Rights is being raped. So this kind of topic generally is quite unimportant. However I would like to say I can stand a Gay Lesbian Bi Transgender person more than I can a Bible Thumping GOD GOD GOD GOD person. The Biblical God is a dick. Religious people are fully retarded, and if you care to debate prepare to be logically eviscerated. However I don't expect logic from religious people so I will basically be smashing my head against a wall to try and get my point across.

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  2. Fantastic. The boy seems legit. XD
    I admired them for being true to themselves.
    Maybe, just maybe, this is what God wants them to be. =)

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  3. People! Are you GOD? ... if yes, then judge all you want! But if not, then SHUT the HELL UP and stop judging these people!

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  4. the guy look a like of justin bieber LOL

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  5. most of these comments make me so sad... such hatred. these two young people are absolutely beautiful, and lucky to have found someone that understands them.

    also, along the lines of "god doesn't make mistakes," that so many "christians" keep espousing, i have thought the exact same thing before. i was born gay. i knew i was gay when i was like 7 or 8 years old, i just didn't fully understand what it meant. i don't think god made a mistake in making me. i think he knew exactly what he was doing. just like he knew exactly what he was doing when he paired me with my parents, who have been so supportive of me, in all of my endeavors in life.

    katie and arin, i am so pleased that you have found your true identities. you were not a mistake, god did not make a mistake. he merely put you on a path that was less trotted, which i have no doubt, has served to make you strong, tolerant, and loving people.... perhaps that was the intent all along. i know it was difficult, but you have overcome, and that is something to be very proud of! you two look absolutely perfect for each other. i wish you both many years of happiness and success! <3

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  6. Will you please just leave 'God' out of the mix...Please???? Do you know as a matter of fact that all biological carbon based life forms have a small percentage of their DNA and chromosomes wired slightly and sometime significantly differently than the rest of their biological family?? That is everything from trees, blades of grass to a sea cucumber. It is the story of evolution. Not all genetic copies are exactly the same in a species, sometimes there are minute differences. If some of those DNA markers in humans cause them to 'identify' or recognize a gender difference from their physical form, there just isn't anything 'wrong' with that. It is a part of the fabric of life. Get used to it. Celebrate all life. And support Love. It is too precious a gift to be marginalized by negative views.

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