Mum and dad plan to swap genders
A MUM and dad are set to both swap genders in a double transition after revealing they are raising their five-year-old son as a "person" rather than a "boy".
Louise and Nikki Draven, from Middlesbrough, England, say they feel "incomplete" and will undergo gender reassignment surgery to bring up their son, Star Cloud, feeling "happier", The Sun reports.
Biological dad Louise, who Star refers to as his mummy, is set to become a woman with her operation booked in for December.
Birth mum Nikki, who is now called Charlie and daddy by their child, is planning a female-to-male operation before Star turns 10.
The couple made headlines last year when they revealed on This Morning that they were going to let their son decide his gender when he's older.
Louise, who began her transition in 2011, has slimmed down from 158kg to 57kg so she can go ahead with the surgery.
She has also shaved off her hair after hormone treatment left her thinning.
Last year ex-pub bouncer Nikki revealed he was pansexual and would dress as a woman some days and others as a man.
But now he binds his breasts every day and wears men's clothing.
The couple say their son is "still gender neutral" and is happy and well-adjusted.
Nikki said: "I've always been daddy and Louise has always been mummy and that's never going to change."
He added that Star has begun asking questions and recently wanted to know why he had to wear a swimming costume at the pool and not trunks like other daddies.
He said: "I tell Star mummy is going to a special doctor who will take away her ducky, which is Star's word for penis.
"I say that when I go to the special doctor I'll be getting a ducky of my own then I'll be just like him."
In January, Star decided to cut off his long hair and at school he has to wear a boy's uniform - although he's allowed to accessorise.
At home he is free to wear whatever clothes he wants, wear make-up, paint his nails and play with dolls.
The couple say they want to be in their ideal bodies before Star is 10, but admit they worry about the impact it will have on him.
Louise told the newspaper: "All parents worry. But having surgery will make Charlie and I feel complete as individuals and we'll be much happier because of that.
"If we waited until Star was older, he'd spend his childhood with parents who felt incomplete."