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For Aidan, adjusting to life as a man has had its tricky moments. There are the challenges you'd expect—like getting used to going to the men's restroom—but the toughest test, he says, has been learning how to interact socially. For instance, hugging, touching and knowing how long to keep eye contact with a woman are now issues he faces every day.

"There's a certain place where it's inappropriate as a man," he says, "that's different from how I did it before. Or, I see a cute little baby. Can I comment, 'Oh, what a beautiful daughter you have?' That's not as okay anymore because people are protective of their children [from men]."

Aidan says that he was getting stressed out trying to figure it all out when he decided, "Forget it, I'm just going to be me."

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FROM: When Your Identical Twin Has a Sex Change
Published on September 16, 2005

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