A transgender woman who approached a Facebook crush while she was a man and was rejected says that they are now in a happy relationship and in love.
Erin Anderson knew that she wanted to transition to become a woman from a very young age and, now 22, she has had breast augmentation, two years of hormone replacement therapy, and is hoping to undergo gender re-assignment surgery in future.
When she first approached 28-year-old Jared Norris she was still living as Aaron, but he politely declined the advances.
Two years down the line they are an item and Jared speaks of his ‘beautiful’ girlfriend who is ‘willing to be herself’.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for the couple. After they went public with their relationship, within the first few months they received lots of hateful abuse and, more seriously, death threats.
Erin, who is from Owensboro, Kentucky, said: “While still living a boy, I messaged Jared on Facebook saying, ‘Hey, what’s up’.
“I knew of him and added him on Facebook because he was cute.
“But he was having no part of it and didn’t seem interested at all, so I decided not to try anymore with him.
“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 upfront, 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.
She continued: “Prior to dating Jared, I had been seeing people but nothing serious came about because they were afraid to tell their family or friends.
“They would tell me they really liked me but couldn’t risk their family knowing I was trans and that was what hurt the most.
“But Jared didn’t fear that, 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.”
The couple have been together for 2 years now and Jared – a computer science student – said that even though it has been difficult, they ignore the haters and focus on their own relationship.
He said: “It wasn’t really well known that I was dating a trans woman at first, but when everyone found out, it was a big shocker.
“I received a lot of death threats online with one guy saying ‘I will beat you up f*** ‘ 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’ and other comments.
He continued: “After getting all these death threats we talked about it and decided to ignore everybody, whether they are sending love or hate.
“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.”