Your feel good story of the day: teens meet while transitioning genders and fall in love
This is one of those stories that you read and say, “That’s just wonderful – good for them”. Proof and pictures that love is love, and when you’re trapped in the wrong body, it’s a necessity to change:
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.
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.
Far more pictures and story at the link. Get ready to smile.
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