By Josh Saunders
A transgender woman has won the heart of her boyfriend after initial rejection, following her transition from man to Marilyn Monroe lookalike – and now the couple defend their love after receiving DEATH THREATS.
Erin Anderson, 22, from Owensboro, Kentucky, USA, knew she was born in the wrong body from three-years-old wearing her mom’s shoes and in sketches always drawing herself as a girl.
When she first approached Jared Norris, 28, on Facebook, while living as a man named Aaron, he kindly rejected her, but two years later, after he liked a picture of her the romance rekindled.
Within the first couple of months, they decided to go public with their relationship and since then after posting online have received hateful messages and even death threats.
Now blonde bombshell Erin, who resembles Marilyn Monroe, has undergone two years of hormone replacement therapy, breast augmentation and is hoping for gender reassignment surgery.
Erin, a graphics design student, 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.
“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 defend their relationship, now two-years strong, stating that ‘love is love’ and have chosen to ignore the haters.
Jared, a computer science student, 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.
“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.”
Erin knew she was destined to be a woman from three-years-old, wearing her mother’s make-up and even wrapping t-shirts around her head to emulate long hair.
At school, while living as Aaron, she was bullied by the boys who found her overly effeminate and ostracised by females for not being a girl.
Erin said: “At three-years-old I was an artistic child, I would always draw myself as a girl all the time.
“Then I would wear my grandma’s high heels, put mom’s makeup on and more, all of these are things a little boy wouldn’t do.
“I was bullied by both the boys and girls, the guys would ask why I would act like a girl and make fun of me, making me feel less than what I was.
“Then the girls would see me as a boy and not want to hang out with me.”
Erin tried to suppress her feelings until the age of 18, when she started questioning her gender but doubted whether she could be the woman she always knew she was.
She said: “By then, I was not happy in my born gender as a boy anymore, but I was dumbfounded about how to change, I had no knowledge on the subject or where to begin.
“I thought I was too old to start transitioning until my friend reminded me that life is too short and that I couldn’t keep living my life so unhappy.”
After being on hormone replacement therapy for seven months, she noticed Jared had like an Instagram image of hers and boldly she approached him again.
This time single Jared, went on a date with her, quickly falling for her and decided to announce their relationship on Facebook.
Jared said: “I hung out with her a lot and really enjoyed it, we had a lot of things in common even after talking for just a couple of days.
“I was thinking, I could fall in love with this person, at first I didn’t know where it was going to go, but one day while lying in bed with her watching TV I told her how I felt.
“I was like, ‘I love you and think we could make this work easily’ and despite all the haters I wanted to go public and proudly show everyone we are dating.”
Erin who is happy being ‘passable’ as a trans woman, still hopes to get gender reassignment surgery in the future, despite her partner remaining indifferent.
Jared said: “She wants to look more feminine, but to me she already looks beautiful, I understand it’s not about me but at present we couldn’t afford surgery for her to become fully female.
“I will still love her exactly the same, she is still the same person regardless, I think she looks feminine enough, but understand gender dysphoria is a big thing.
“I love the fact that she is willing to be herself even with the ramifications of that, I’m glad she can put herself out there.”