A mom and dad are preparing for total transformation as both are set to have gender reassignment operations.
Nikki and Louise Draven, who are parents to 5-year-old Star Cloud, are planning to undergo the surgery. They want to be in their dream bodies before their son reaches ten years old.
Biological father Louise, 32, is to become a woman and said that the transformation has been ‘a long time coming.’ Star already calls his father ‘mommy’ and not daddy.
Biological mother Nikki is also set to undergo a female-to-male procedure and wanted to be called Charlie.
The loving couple from Middlesborough, whose son is free to paint his nails at home and play any toys he likes, said they also worry ‘like all parents do.’
They said: “If we waited until Star was older, he’d spend his childhood with parents who felt incomplete.”
Their child is being raised as gender neutral. His parents are focusing on raising Star as a ‘person’ and not as a ‘boy’ to help the child understand the family’s situation.
Even though they described Star as well-adjusted, Charlie also mentioned that he has already started asking questions.
“Recently he asked why I had to wear a swimsuit at the pool and not trunks like other daddies. I tell Star mummy is going to a special doctor who will take away her ducky, which is Star’s word for penis.”
The 5-year-old can paint his nails and play with dolls at home. He also cut his long hair but mom Louise expressed: “He’s in two minds now about whether or not he wants it long again…However he wants it is fine by us.”
Louise said of the operation: “I have doubts all the time but that’s just part and parcel of my transition. No one chooses these feelings but when people do, they need the outside of their bodies to match the inside.”
In was in 2011 when Louise started preparing for the transition process. She lost weight so that she can have the surgery in December.
“I lost the weight because a raised BMI can cause complications with the surgery and the hormones.
I did it using bariatric surgery (reducing the size of the stomach), which involved a complete change of lifestyle, diet and in my relationship with food. It wasn’t easy and took a lot of self-discipline but, as you can see, it’s worked brilliantly.”
She also shaved off her hair after hormone treatment left it thinning. “I’ve gone for the easy-to-manage bald look. The hair doesn’t make the woman – the woman makes herself!”
Nikki, also called Charlie, said: “I was never happy about having periods or growing breasts. It felt all wrong. So I did some soul-searching and realised I’ve always wanted to be male.”
Charlie added: “Most people were pretty supportive, especially people we met in person.
But some of the written comments were horrendous. One person wrote that we should kill Star Cloud, before he became a serial killer, committed suicide or killed us.”
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