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Dr. Jose Carlos Martins from the Transgender Center Brazil, a clinic in the southeastern city of Blumenau, performed the five-hour operation on the twins every day
Mayla Rezende (L) and Sofia (R) Albuquerck. AFP
Sao Paulo: Mayla and Sofia grew up as identical twins and have always done everything together, and their decision to have sex confirmation surgery is no exception.
The 19-year-old twins, who grew up in a small town in southeastern Brazil, both say they “never identified as boys”.
Now they have made the transition they have long dreamed of together, what their doctor calls the first.
“This is the only reported case in the world” of twins believed to be male at birth and who are jointly undergoing female sex confirmation surgery, said Dr. Jose Carlos Martins from the Transgender Center Brazil, a clinic in the southeastern city of Blumenau.
A week later, the euphoric young women smiled, joked and shed tears as they talked about their trip together in a video conference interview with AFP. </ P "I've always loved my body, but I didn't like my genitals," said Mayla Rezende, a brunette studying medicine in Argentina.
“I would blow dandelion seeds and wish God would me turned into a girl, “she said.
But their camaraderie is clear. They finish each other’s sentences and share how they supported each other through bullying, sexual harassment, and violence they faced in childhood and adolescence.
“We live in the world’s most transphobic country,” said Albuquerck, one Blonde studying civil engineering in Sao Paulo.
According to the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra), 175 transsexuals were murdered in Brazil last year, most of them in one country.
Latin America’s largest country is known for a strong culture of machism and open homophobia, not least on the part of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro.
The twins were born in Tapira, a city of 4,000 in the state of Minas Gerais.
They still bear the emotional scars of their difficult childhood: To this day they live in fear of abuse. But they always had the support of their family, they said.
“Our parents weren’t afraid of who we were, they were afraid that people would abuse us,” said Rezende.
Her grandfather is the one who paid for their operations. He auctioned off a property he owned to pay the 100,000 reais ($ 20,000) bill.
Her mother, Mara Lucia da Silva, said it was “a relief” when her twins considered it Transsexuals came out.
“I don’t even remember seeing them as boys. To me, they were always girls,” she said.
“In my heart, I always knew they were girls and that they suffer, “said the 43-year-old school secretary, who has two other daughters.
” I’m mad at myself for never giving them a doll or a dress because I didn’t make them happier as a girl “, she said.
” Whenever someone did something to us on the street, the first thing we wanted to do was go home and tell our mother to hug us, “said Rezende.
Rezende and Albuquerck – one has her father’s last name, the other that of the grandfather who financed her operations – originally planned for r going to Thailand for the surgery.
The sex confirmation surgery has been covered by the Brazilian health system since 2011. Only five public hospitals are doing the procedure, and the waiting list is long.
“I am proud to be a trans woman. I’ve lived in fear of society for too long. Now I ask your respect,” said Rezende who always has a picture of St. Sebastian, the Christian martyr, with him.
February 24, 2021 4:33:39 PM IST
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