VIDEO: Trans romance as couple born the opposite gender find love
A TRANSGENDER couple have found love despite them both being born the opposite gender.
Jasmine Merino and boyfriend Ryan Said say they are treated like any other couple and plan to marry and have kids some day.
Ryan, 24, has been living as a man for four years, and Jasmine, 18 started transitioning two years ago.
And despite not undergoing full gender reassignment surgery they say their sex life is great after learning to adapt.
Jasmine said: “Our relationship is perfect because we both know what it's like to be male and female so we totally understand each other and what we want.
“I like the fact that Ryan is transgender too because when I’m going through a rough time he understands me.
“He’s the one person I can count on because he knows what I go through.”
But the pair faced many challenges before they found happiness together.
Ryan, from Ontario, Canada, said: “Growing up was really hard - I didn’t know who I was and I just knew something wasn’t right.
Ryan pre-transition (Pic: Barcroft)
“My parents forced me to be girly and I was always into boys clothes.
“When I came out my family didn’t accept it at all - they all gave me a hard time and said I was a disgrace.
“They took me to psychiatrists and therapists and thought I was sick.”
Jasmine pre-transition (Pic: Barcroft)
Jasmine, who lives in California, went through a similar situation growing up.
She said: “I always liked to play with Barbie dolls and the boy stuff didn’t seem right.
“I’ve always known I was supposed to be a girl since maybe Kindergarten.
“At 16-years-old I remember hanging out with this transgender girl and I always wanted to be like her and I would talk to her about how she came out.
Ryan (left) pre-transition (Pic:Barcroft)
“One time I talked to my brother’s wife and she told me to be who I want to be and not care what people say.
“She took me shopping for back to school clothes and told me to dress in women’s clothing and just helped me. I went to school as a female and liked it.”
The couple met on Instagram and chatted on Skype for a month before meeting each other in person.
Ryan said: “She messaged me first and I wasn’t into her because I thought she was one of those 'Legally Blonde' type girls but then I decided to give her a try.
“I just kept talking to her and she was the sweetest girl I ever talked to.
“I think it was love at first sight because I couldn’t stop staring at her the whole time.”
Both Jasmine and Ryan take a series of hormones that help them transition into the bodies they’ve always dreamed of.
Ryan said: “I’m on testosterone it’s called delatestryl - I have to take it every two weeks through injection.
Ryan (Pic: Barcroft)
“When I started growing facial hair I was so happy I never wanted to shave.”
Jasmine said: “It took about two months to grow my breasts - not fully but they were little buds and I was really, really happy.
Jasmine before her breasts grew (Pic: Barcroft)
“A lot of guys message me and hit on me since I’ve transitioned.
“Ryan sometimes gets upset but I try to make him feel more like a man and try to tell him he’s just like any other guy and I like making him happy.”
The two are considering having full reassignment surgery and plan to get married in the future.
They would like to have children - using Jasmine’s sperm and Ryan’s eggs.
Jasmine said: “We plan to have some more surgeries before we have kids.”
Ryan said: “I want to let whoever’s going through what we’re going through know that they should hold on, not give up, and talk to someone there’s at least one person out there who will understand where you’re coming from.”