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Brother and sister swap genders before coming out as transgender

By Mason White 6:07 PM December 7, 2015
Aly known as Gavin (left) and Russie known as Rai 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A mother spoke about the change in her life when she was told that her son wants to be a woman and her daughter wants to live as a man.

Russie McGarrity and his younger sister Aly, both of Connecticut, were always a bit different, according to their mother.

However, she and her husband Russ, began worrying about their son, as he spiraled into depression. She said that he got into trouble in school and they even threatened to expel him after he was found in the girls bathroom.

One day, Russie told his parents: “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.”

While the family members were concerned with the struggle of Russie, his sister was also struggling with her own identity.

A few days after her 15th birthday, Aly told her brother that she was transgender. She then broke the news to her parents. Just one month later, their son Russie came out as transgender.

Both underwent hormone treatments and they live as transgender. Today Russie, 20, is known as Rai, while Aly, 17, is known as Gavin.

Their parents said that nothing had changed in terms of how much they love their children and they still have a son and a daughter.