Identical twins Juanita and Liana were born five minutes apart. From the age of three, Juanita knew that she wanted to be a boy. Every Christmas, Juanita would wish that Santa Claus would make her into a boy. Years later she would get her wish and become Juan…but not without struggle.
"[I wanted] to wake up with all the right parts," Juan says. "My mom was very concerned. Sometimes I would get spanked."
Juan recalls when he developed breasts as an adolescent girl, and hiding them with binding and baggy sweaters. "My breasts were like tumors—I wanted them off," he now says. "Puberty was horrible. … I started noticing girls."