They have never been typical boys – they wanted to look like Britney Spears and played only girly toys. But they were ashamed to talk about it even to each other. Jamie and Chloe O’Herlihy spent years struggling with their identity, but felt unable to express what they were going through. It was only last summer when the siblings were at home together in Cork that they finally opened up about their feelings.
“It’s weird that we were both going through exactly the same thing and having the same thoughts about being trans but just not talking to each other,” Chloe said. “All our childhood memories are us dressing up as our favourite celebs and putting t-shirts on our heads so we had long hair or wearing them as skirts,” Jamie revealed.“We were so free and we were allowed to do that in our home,” she added.
“But when we got to school we realised it was not okay to do that with other people so we kept it as our secret. We did a good job of hiding it. It’s sad because we were so happy at home and always so upset that we had to hide that part of ourselves with our friends.”
With the pair now planning to get gender reassignment surgery, they’re sharing their story in the hope of inspiring others to be true to themselves.