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Monday, 15 August 2016

Two transgenders Jamie O'Herlihy (23) and her partner, Harry Matthews (24) are deeply in love just like any other romantic couple out there. However, there's a string attached: both were formerly of the opposite sexes when they were born. The duo explained their relationship was a "love at first sight" after meeting in a programme organized for transgenders.

Narrating how she met him, Jamie said:
"It is like fate brought us together. We had both booked to do this week of workshops and activities for all different aspects of being transgender but we got cold feet at the last minute.

"I almost backed out of it and had to be really talked into going. I didn't know this at the time but Harry was going through exactly the same.

"It was love at first sight - well kind of. It turns out we'd both actually noticed each other on the event's Facebook page before going but I didn't realise just how cute he was until he walked in with his suitcase.

"We spent the whole of that week together. We were instantly inseparable and we have bonded really quickly.

"It is very emotional going through this transition so when you're both experiencing it you can form such strong emotional connections quite quickly so he's already seen my ugly crying face and he thinks I'm beautiful anyway.

"It might seem like our relationship is going pretty quickly because we've only been together a few months but it just feels so right."
On his own part, Harry said:
"We completely understand what the other is going through. No matter how we're feeling, we can be what the other needs because we both just get it.

"Even though we're at very different points in our transition we are such a big emotional support to each other.

"Having someone who makes you as happy as Jamie makes me is always important but especially when you're going through something this challenging.

"And the fact I'm further along means I can reassure her about things. She was terrified of having surgery but I've been able to tell her that it's not that scary because the end result makes you happier than you have ever been before." 
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