A month ago, brother and sister exchanged their sex as they both found out in their teenage that they were born as the wrong gender. The parents of the children accepted it happily.
At five, Russie liked to play dressing up with girls and Aly, three years younger, preferred to kick a football with the boys. Read the story to know how both of them accepted their personalities and got approved by their parents.
The sister Aly, 17, is known as Gavin now.
She is now planning to undertake breast removal surgery to completely change her identity.
Russie, 20, is now known as Rai.
The boy faced bullying in his high school due to which he moved into depression. However, he was happy leading the life of a bisexual. Threatened with expulsion after running into the girls’ toilets, he told his parents: ‘I did not choose this for myself. I wish there was a way that I could not be this way.’
Childhood picture of Aly with his elder brother Russie.
The mother of the children Mrs Beth McGarrity from Connecticut said, ‘I always knew that my children are a little different.’
Aly now known as Gavin always wanted to be a boy.
Gavin spoke to his parents about his gender issues before his 15th birthday. Gavin confessed to his parents, ‘I’ve figured out what’s going on with me. I know that I’m transgender. I’ve always wanted to be a boy. I never told you this, but when I was little, I would go to sleep and wish that I’d wake up a boy. Every time we did the wishbone at Thanksgiving and I won, I would wish that I was a boy.’
Gavin will get completely transformed into a man as he is planning to undergo breast removal surgery next summer.
Mrs McGarrity said: ‘People ask me what I’ve lost, but I don’t feel that I’ve lost anything. I have my son and daughter the way they should be.’
Image of little Rai as schoolboy.
Rai told her parents, ‘I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.’
Rai accepted her identity after a month his younger sibling spoke to his parents.
She has also gone through painful facial surgery to get a girlish look.
After counselling, both decided to go ahead with the sex exchange.
Their parents said, ‘Nothing had changed as far as how much they love their children.’Father Russ always wanted to have a boy and a girl. He added: ‘As it so happened, we did have one of each – just in a different order than we originally thought.’
Mom Beth McGarrity pictured with his husband, Mr Russ McGarrity.
The kids are grateful to their parents for unconditional love and support that had made them the ones they always wanted to be.