VIDEO: When Massachusetts twins Caleb and Emmie Smith were born in 1998, it was hard to tell them apart. At 17 Emmie came out as transgender, and recently she underwent gender-confirmation surgery.
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When Massachusetts twins Caleb and Emmie Smith were born in 1998, it was hard to tell them apart. Today Emmie says, “When we were 12, I didn’t feel like a boy, but I didn’t know it was possible to be a girl.” At 17 Emmie came out as transgender, and recently she underwent gender-confirmation surgery. She plays down its significance: “I was no less of a woman before it, and I’m no more of one today.”
Her story is part of the National Geographic article titled “How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender,” which looks to science to help navigate the shifting landscape of gender identity. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/01/how-science-helps-us-understand-gender-identity/
Go behind the scenes and learn more about Emmie’s story here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/gender-confirmation-surgery-transition/
VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS: Lynn Johnson
EDITOR: Gabrielle Ewing
PRODUCED BY: Todd James, Edythe McNamee, Kathryn Carlson, Gabrielle Ewing
Follow a Transgender Teen’s Emotional Journey To Womanhood | National Geographic