'Love at first sight' works in mysterious ways, it might not work as it's supposed to at first, but you should never lose hope. That's exactly the case for Erin Anderson and Jared Norris, 'love at first sight' - after a few years before their first interaction- resulted in their lovely long-term relationship.
Jared was initially approached by the 22-year-old trans woman, Erin on Facebook while she was still living as a boy.
“While still living (as a) a boy, I messaged Jared on Facebook saying, ‘Hey, what’s up,’” Erin recalls, according to Lad Bible. “I knew of him and added him on Facebook because he was cute. But he was having no part of it and didn’t seem interested at all, so I decided not to try anymore with him.”
“It was two years later when he liked one of my pictures on Instagram,” she says. “By that time I had come out as trans and a woman. I decided I was going to be upfront, so I sent him a message with my number and within five minutes, I got a message from him and we started talking. The next day was my birthday, I hung out with him and a week later we were dating officially on Facebook and have been together ever since.”
One of the reasons why their relationship is so successful is the fact that Jared was honest and open about Erin’s identity with his family and friends since the beginning.
“Prior to dating Jared, I had been seeing people but nothing serious came about because they were afraid to tell their family or friends,” Erin says.”They would tell me they really liked me but couldn’t risk their family knowing I was trans and that was what hurt the most. But Jared didn’t fear that, he told his family that I was trans and everything, he doesn’t care what other people think.”
The couple also chose social media as a platform to openly talk about their relationship and also made a video where they discussed the topic of dating trans people and why it shouldn't be stigmatized.
A series of negative and regressive responses erupted due to their videos and social media posts, according to Jared.
“It wasn’t really well known that I was dating a trans woman at first, but when everyone found out, it was a big shocker,” Jared says. “I received a lot of death threats online with one guy saying ‘I will beat you up f*** ‘ which kind of sucked and was depressing. It’s always the same rigmarole things like ‘I hate you,’ ‘You’re disgusting,’ ‘You’re dating a dude’ and other comments.”
“After getting all these death threats we talked about it and decided to ignore everybody, whether they are sending love or hate,” Jared adds. “Thankfully I had some messages encouraging us and telling us to ignore the haters.
“It reminds us that people like that are not worth our time.”