Jamie Eagle and Louis Davies look like any other smitten young couple engaged to be married. But theirs is a love story with a difference, because they are both in the process of undergoing gender reassignment. 20-year-old Jamie Eagle was born a boy and now lives as a women. Her fiancé 25-year-old Louis Davies was born a girl and now lives as a man. They are engaged following a whirlwind nine month romance but say they won’t marry until they have both completed their transgender journey and undergone surgery.
The couple, both from Wales, met when Louis invited Jamie to give a talk to his university group as he prepared to come out as transgender and today they appeared on This Morning to talk about their unusual story.Jamie said: ‘I know how hard it is to come out to family and friends.
‘I have known since I was three years old. I was always dressing up in girls clothes at nursery.
‘The first person I told when I had just turned 16 was my sister who took it very well but it has taken a long time with my family. I have been transgender for four years and it’s a slow process. Louis, who spent the televised interview holding his fiancee’s hand, added: ‘I was more nervous about asking for her number than telling my university group that I was transgender.
‘I think a lot of people mix gender and sexuality up. Hopefully speaking about it will eradicate those stereotypes. To put it simply I am boy and Jamie is a girl.’
The romantic couple appeared on the show to help raise awareness of gender reassignment. Jamie is used to being in the public eye, and she revealed earlier this year that N-Dubz star Tulisa gave her the confidence to begin her transformation in to a woman.
Jamie, of Bridgend, south Wales, told The Sun: ‘Tulisa has become my idol as she is so true to herself and her attitude and glam style has given me the courage to embrace becoming a girl.
‘She’s brave with her fashion choices and I feel I must be brave every time I step outside as people stare at me for being transgender.
She added: ‘At school I didn’t fit in with the girls or the boys and because I was a bit different I was bullied. When I went to secondary school, aged 12, I fancied straight boys but I had a soft, girly voice and everyone assumed I was gay so I was called names and bullies put chewing gum in my hair.
‘It was very confusing because I didn’t think I was gay but I didn’t know what was different about me.’
Jamie, who started living as a girl aged 16, added: ‘There are lots of assessments and psychiatric appointments. It’s a long journey and it is a very strict process, they want to make sure we are completely ready.’
Although Jamie has found happiness with Louis, who she has spent every day with since their first date nine months ago, she says that living as a woman is often very difficult. She said: ‘I am a victim of hate crime every day, I go to the police every week. I live in a small town and people don’t like the fact that I am putting myself out there to raise awareness. I get verbal or physical abuse just for being me.’
Blonde Louis added: I understand it is like a bereavement for parents. My mother brought up a daughter for 21 years … now she says she has lost a daughter but gained a son.‘
When asked what advice they would give to other young people in a similar position Louis, who proposed to Jamie on the day she started taking her hormones in preparation for the gender reassignment surgery, said: ‘Talk to someone you trust, don’t leave it forever because it will eat you up. It took me 21 years to speak up about it. A lot of people are coming out at a younger age, which is a good thing. Softly spoken Jamie added: I am in the best place I have been for a long time. I am comfortable in my body, I have support and respect and people are finally seeing me for the woman that I am.’