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The Triumph of Androgyny

Posted on | November 12, 2012 | 30 Comments

“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in it!

Katie Hill and her boyfriend Arin Andrews share a unique bond — they were both born as the opposite sex.
Katie, 18, spent the first 15 years of her life as Luke, son of a Marine colonel, while Arin, 16, was born a girl called  Emerald who excelled at ballet dancing and won beauty contests.
Both struggled with their sexuality all through their childhoods and were teased and bullied but their lives were  changed when they both began hormone therapy and later met at a trans support  group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and instantly fell in love. . . .
High-school student Arin undergoes  testosterone shots to give him the more masculine shape he’s craved his whole life. Meanwhile high-school graduate Katie, 18, has finished her female hormone course — oestrogen shots — which helped her to  develop natural breasts with no silicone implants.
Katie, who has legally been a female since  she was 15, believes she was born with naturally high levels of oestrogen and  was teased as a boy throughout school for having small AA-cup breasts.
An anonymous donor was so touched by her story they paid for her £25,000 ($40,000) gender reassignment surgery just four  days after her 18th birthday on May 16, 2012.


Welcome to the The Rocky Horror Picture Show as reality.



  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I personally think this is nutty (or lack of nuts as the case may be), but if they want to pursue it let them do it. The problem is sexuality, orientation and hormones are complicated. Some people do not fit in. But unfortunately, surgery usually does not “fix it.” Again, it should not be state funded, but if switching genders works for you, go for it. At least make them wait till they are 18.

    Larry went to Lana: But it still didn’t stop Cloud Atlas from sucking.

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  • jscroft

    Meh. Just don’t make me PAY for it!

  • K-Bob

    What if you were born transgendered, and want to be made into a non-transgendered gender?

    I think they should all have surgery to look like teletubbies.

  • Quartermaster

    Mental illness can not be cured by surgery. There may well be something organic wrong that manifests mentally, but it will not be cured by surgery.

    Any bets that their surgery would be covered by Zer0Care?

  • Bob Belvedere

    SOT, but methinks Tinky Winky should be questioned in the Easy Elmo Case:

  • Bob Belvedere

    I have no doubt such surgery would be. I mean, come on, it’s much more important that these crazy kids get this stuff them letting seniors have chemo!

  • Rich Vail

    Unfortunately, “she” still has a Y chormisome, and “he” still is XX…that, you can never change.

  • Rich Vail

    But you can’t change their DNA…”she” still has that Y chromisome, and “he” still has XX. That is how they are. That is how they shall remain, no matter what damange a surgeon does to the shell.

  • Rich Vail

    No, Evi, it’s not “complicated”. Its really rather simple. XY, or XX, you can’t change the basic building blocks of their identities. You can only “fool” mother nature, you can’t change it.

  • RichFader

    The Gift of the Magi 2012.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    You are right on xy xx, but sexual identity for some people is complicated. Whether it is nuts not (I lean toward the first option) people have the right to screw up their lives. Just not on my nickel.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Nice! It should be updated to address this!

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    In the movie version this transgendered couple can meet at Pete’s Tavern at Gramercy Park.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    But Rich, they are in love! If they want to take a scalpel to their fun parts, who are we to judge.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    You just don’t believe in love, do you?

  • Wombat_socho

    Close the thread; jscroft wins.

  • keyboard jockey

    Is that Lena Dunham does she have a girlfriend now? Bless her heart advertising about her

  • trangbang68

    And you tell me over and over again , my friend
    You don’t believe
    We’re on the eve of destruction

  • trangbang68

    Why didn’t they surgically implant Katie’s thingamabob in the appropriate place on Arin’s anatomy? It would be kind of like Mr. Potatohead for reals.

  • Carabec

    Trans Gender surgery is to be paid for by San Fracisco Taxpayers!

  • Christy Waters

    Just… ewwww.

  • Bob Belvedere

    That could have lead to a pron career for both of ’em!

  • Rich Vail

    On that we can both agree!

  • Rich Vail

    I’m not judging, just stating an unalterable scientific fact.

  • edge_of_the_sandbox

    It’s now free in Sf, covered by the City.

  • edge_of_the_sandbox

    I’m pretty sure they will at some point be able to “fix” it through gene therapy.

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  • Bob Belvedere


    These two want to engage in a massive denial of Reality. Their surgeries will not solve their psychological problems. This is why John Hopkins stopped performing such surgeries in the 1980’s.

  • Bob Belvedere

    More likely The Ramrod Room.