US teens Arin Andrews & Katie Hill both born the opposite sex, fall in love

Updated: 10 Nov 2012
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Mutual understanding: The couple were both bullied as children
 
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Arin Andrews, 16, and Katie Hill, 18, met and fell in love after each discovered they were transgender and had begun the sex swap process.

Teenage sweethearts Katie Hill and Arin Andrews look like any other young couple – but both were born the OPPOSITE sex.

The pair spent their childhoods trapped in the “wrong bodies” and battled years of bullying at school.

Arin, 16, was born a girl named Emerald, a talented ballet dancer who was a champion at beauty pageants.

Girlfriend Katie, 18, grew up as a boy called Luke who struggled for 15 years to accept her ‘boy body’.

But the couple, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, met and fell in love after each discovered they were transgender and had begun the sex swap process.

High school graduate Katie has finished a course of female hormones which has helped her to naturally develop breasts without the need for silicone implants.

She said: “We’re perfect for each other because we both had the same troubles growing up.

'We look so convincing as a boy and a girl, nobody even notices now.”

Speaking of her years of torment at being born the wrong sex, Katie said: “Even from age three, I knew deep down I wanted to be a girl.

"All I wanted was to play with dolls. I hated my boy body and never felt right in it.

"I kept my feelings a total secret growing up and was petrified of what people in our tiny Christian town would say.

"Now Arin and I can share any problems we face together."

Arin says he knew he was a boy inside from his first day at school, aged just five.

'The teachers separated the girls and boys into separate lines for a game," he said. "I didn't understand why they asked me to stand with the girls.

"Girly things didn't interest me, but I was worried what people would think if I said I wanted to be a boy, so I kept it secret."

The couples parents struggled to come to terms with their children’s situation and firmly support their decisions.

Katie’s mum Jazzlyn, 44, and dad Randy, 58, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, had trouble accepting their son’s confused feelings.

"My parents were scared stiff and put me through 15 therapists from then until I was 15 to try and cure my depression," said Katie.

"None helped because nobody suggested I was trans and I didn't know what it was.

"At age 15 I found the word 'transgender' while desperately searching the internet and instantly knew it was me.

"Mum was so terrified of losing me. I'd once tried to end my life, so she agreed to help me. I owe her everything. She was the one who decided to help first.

"Dad was upset at first because he felt like he was losing his first son.

"Over time he's learned to accept me and now calls me his 'daughter', which makes me smile."

Arin’s mum Denise also struggled but “gave up” when her daughter was 11.

Arin said: “She couldn't win. But I'll never hold it against her. She was just proud of her only daughter."

Mum Denise now supports Arin by helping with his testosterone shots.

She has vowed to help him pay for breast removal surgery if he can raise half of the $6,000 costs himself.
 
The pair met at a local trans support group after Arin saw Katie’s story in a local newspaper, and they immediately hit it off.

"She was beautiful and looked just like Megan Fox," said Arin. "I longed to know who she was and eventually plucked up the courage to do the guy's thing and ask for her number.

"She said yes and we started seeing each other."

The couple are speaking out to help raise awareness of trans issues.

"More needs to be done to let people know about transgender issues," said Katie.

"We both spent years in the wilderness and felt so alone. Our parents didn't know how to help because none of us knew being trans was possible.

"Nobody should have to go through what we did."
 
SOURCE: mirror.co.uk
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