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SueZie & Cheryl Hawkes
Brandon, FL

In 1997, SueZie Hawkes found herself in an Internet chat room, where she first met the woman who would become her wife, Cheryl. After three years of talking via the Internet, in 2000 SueZie decided to move across the ocean from Great Britain in order to be with Cheryl, and the two were married later that year. In 2009, Suzie began to transition from the male that she was born and raised as in order to live as the woman she has long known herself to be. At the time, she faced several struggles, including a deep depression that halted her transition process. However, in 2014, with renewed conviction, SueZie completed her transition. After nearly 18 years of marriage, the couple is still madly in love.

“I can’t wait to see her face every single day,” SueZie said. “I miss her the minute she walks out the door. Cheryl is extraordinary, her values are so humbling and her love so abundant. That’s why I gave up my home and country for her. It’s been twenty years since we met, and we both still have butterflies in our stomachs. We are so thankful for the passion and love we share. It truly is the kind fairytales are made of.”

Read More Stories By:  National Center for Transgender Equality

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