Two siblings who grew up as one gender, then switched to the other “came out” to each other on a family trip last summer, then to the public as transgenders a few days later.
They say even when they were little, they liked to play dress-up as the opposite sex, but always knew they shouldn’t do that at school. Now they are both planning to have “gender reassignment” surgery and look forward to sharing the next phase of their life together.
Jamie said, “I’m trying to undo the wrong that was done to me at birth, and I don’t need any reminders of the struggle of having to carry this male body.”
Jamie and Chloe O’Herlihy used to be brothers – now they say, they are sisters.
“It’s a cliche to say, ‘I always knew,’ but I did and I just kept pushing it to the back of my mind,” 23-year-old Jamie said. “Then I started doing some drag shows in the evenings and I realized how comfortable I felt dressed up.”
“I always wore makeup and had longer hair. I’ve never really been considered one of the lads, I was always one of the girls,” 20-year-old Chloe said.
They’re both nervous about the upcoming surgery in the future, and are glad they have each other to lean on for support, as they’ve struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, reports the New York Post.
“We talk a lot about our transition and it is great to have each other. We know exactly how each other feels,” Chloe says. “If I’m out and I get a funny look or comment and I’m feeling anxious, I can call Jamie and she knows exactly what to say.”
“But I think we’re both at very different stages. Growing up, I always had my hair long and wore kind of feminine clothes, so it’s easier for me to go out now as a woman,” she continues. “Jamie has always been the more confident one, but at the moment her anxiety is through the roof because leaving the house as a woman is new and it is hard.
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