Two Oklahoma teens have found love after both underwent gender reassignment surgeries. Two years ago, Arin Andrews, now 17, was a girl named Emerald….and Katie Hill, now 19, was a boy named Luke.
Katie underwent the procedure to switch genders a little over a year ago, while Arin just recently had his breasts removed.
“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.”
Katie had this to say about her boyfriend’s transition:
“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 Tulsa couple met about two years ago at a support group for transgender teens. They forged a relationship based on shared experiences.
Although both families have been supportive of their relationship, the teens have had trouble with their peers, including episodes of bullying and loss of friends. Arin even had to change schools after revealing he was transgender.
Arin’s mom says: “There are still people we don’t interact with any more. I know they questioned me as a parent.”
Frankly, just watch the video. It’s very hard to do justice to young love.
Photo: The Sun