Brothers grow up to become sisters

Two sisters were born brothers and they both came out as transgender at the same time.

Jamie O’Herlihy, 23, a bartender in Dublin and Chloe O’Herlihy, 20, a hairdressing student living in Cork, spent years struggling with their genders but never talked to anyone.

Last summer when the siblings were at home in Cork together for Chloe’s (then Daniel’s) graduation they opened up to each other.

Within days, they both had come out as transgender and the pair both plan to get gender reassignment surgery.

Jamie said: ‘It’s a cliché to say ‘I always knew’ but I did and I just kept pushing it to the back of my mind. Then I started doing some drag shows in the evenings and I realised how comfortable I felt dressed up.

‘I tried to ignore it but it got to the point where when the morning came round I didn’t want to take off the drag because it was a better representation of me than I was.

‘So I came out to Chloe and our mum last summer and by November I had come out to all my friends and colleagues.’

Chloe said: ‘I always wore makeup and had longer hair. I’ve never really been considered one of the lads, I was always one of the girls.

‘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.

‘Then when Jamie came out and told us, I was like “right this is something you are going to have to face too”.’

Jamie, who has kept her birth name since transitioning, always wanted a little sister.

When she found out her mum was pregnant she was so excited she picked out the name Chloe – and so was devastated when she came home with new baby brother Daniel instead.

But now, after the siblings both came out, Jamie has the sister she always wanted and Chloe has even taken on the name her sister chose for her 20 years ago.

Jamie and Chloe said they were never stereotypical boys, choosing dressing up over football and Bratz dolls over Action Man.

While they were allowed to be ‘free’ at home together – dressing up as female celebrities like Britney Spears and wearing their t-shirts as skirts – they had to keep each other’s secret when they were at school.

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