'My Identical Twin Is Transgender': American Man Tells The Story Of How His Brother Became His Sister
July 27, 2018 13:30 By Fabiosa
Gender identity disorder in twins is still a very grey area in human psychology, as research has shown that genetics plays a role in gender dysphoria. Most people affected by this condition experience emotional conflicts that challenge their sexuality. Essentially, they feel trapped in the wrong gender.
Jada Tahiry and Branden Miguel from New Orleans are a particularly peculiar pair of identical twins. They were both born boys and, over the years, have maintained a close relationship, so close they often say they are literally the same person living in two bodies.
However, Tahiry suffered from gender identity disorder and eventually began her transition in 2015. At first, her twin brother could not understand why he wanted to transition, but eventually, he realized that Tahiry was insistent on making the change, despite the challenges that she would experience.
Tahiry says that one of her greatest moments was hearing her mother call her “the daughter she never had”. At that moment, she realized that she had the support she needed from perhaps the most important person in her life.
Tahiry turns 28 in December this year and is glad she made her decision to transition. Her brother Miguel found the confidence to come out as gay after seeing his sister transition.
Now, they live their lives like nothing changed, the only obvious difference, Tahiry is now a woman.
Research of twins has suggested that the connection between siblings is closer than it is understood. Some theorists believe twins have extra-sensory perception (ESP), but this is an unproven myth. However, twins share similar DNA, and this can cause problems, especially in crime detection.
In the case of Tahiry and Miguel, Miguel had no idea exactly how his sister felt before her transition. Still, it is heartwarming to see how they held on to their relationship in the end.