Erin Anderson, 22, is a stunning blonde who hails from Kentucky. But when she was born, she grew up living as boy who went by the name of Aaron.
When Erin was as young as three, she recalls feeling like she was born in the wrong body.
When she was a child, she would wear her grandmother’s high heels, put on her mother’s make up and wore T-shirts around her head to stimulate having long hair.
But despite Erin being born the wrong gender, she was “dumbfounded about how to change.”
So Erin continued living as boy – despite being bullied by boys for being effeminate and being left out by the girls as she wasn’t a “real” female.
But things took a turn for the better when 18-year-old Erin saw Jarred Norris’ profile online.
Erin thought he was cute and so she added him as a friend.
“While still living a boy, I messaged Jared on Facebook saying ‘Hey what’s up,'” shared Erin in an interview. “But he was having no part of it and didn’t seem interested at all, so I decided not to try anymore with him.”
Quickly after this happened, she started to question her gender — soon realizing she could live as her true self.
“I thought I was too old to start transitioning,” said Erin, “until my friend reminded me that life is too short and that I couldn’t keep living my life so unhappy.”
Erin started to live life as a woman – like had always dreamed – and started hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.
For transgender women, this means taking regular doses of estrogen, which causes the growth of breasts, fat and muscle redistribution, a feminine hair pattern, a stronger sensitivity to emotions, to name just a few secondary sex characteristics.
And after seven month on HRT, it was Jared that then reached out to Erin on social media.
“It was two years later when he liked one of my pictures on Instagram, by that time I had come out as trans and a woman. I decided I was going to be up front, so I sent him a message with my number and within five minutes, I got a message from him and we started talking. The next day was my birthday, I hung out with him and a week later we were dating officially on Facebook and have been together ever since.”
A 28-year-old-computer science student named Jared, shared how he quickly fell in love.
And while he expected ‘haters,’ he wanted to make their relationship public, saying:
“I hung out with her a lot and really enjoyed it, we had a lot of things in common even after talking for just a couple of days. I was thinking, ‘I could fall in love with this person’, at first I didn’t know where it was going to go, but one day while lying in bed with her watching TV I told her how I felt. I was like, ‘I love you and think we could make this work easily’ and despite all the haters I wanted to go public and proudly show everyone we are dating.”
This was Erin’s first serious relationship as all of her past romantic interests were afraid to share with their family and friends about her — due to her being transgender.
“But Jared didn’t fear that,” shared Erin. “He told his family that I was trans and everything, he doesn’t care what other people think. We talk about our love story and us getting together often actually, I admitted that two years prior I wanted him and now I finally have him, which we laugh a lot about.”
“When everyone found out, it was a big shocker,” Jared shared. “I received a lot of death threats online with one guy saying ‘I will beat you up f—-t,’ which kind of sucked and was depressing. It’s always the same rigmarole things like, “I hate you”, “you’re disgusting”, “you’re dating a dude.”…Thankfully I had some messages encouraging us and telling us to ignore the haters, it reminds us that people like that are not worth our time.”
Erin has now gotten breast augmentation as well as undergone two years of hormone replacement therapy.
She says she is content being a “passable woman,” and hopes that one day to get gender reassignment surgery or GSR.
For transgender women, that means when a vagina is constructed through penile inversion.
While some transgender women do chose to get GSR, others choose not to due to the massive pricing and lengthy recovery time.
Jared shares how he is not pushing the procedure.
“She wants to look more feminine, but to me she already looks beautiful,” he explains. “I will still love her exactly the same. I love the fact that she is willing to be herself even with the ramifications of that, I’m glad she can put herself out there.”
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