Haris Kamalov refers to himself as a man. He gets very offended by those, who call him a woman. His passport, however, says that Haris's sex is female.
Haris's original name was Kadicha. He was born as a girl in 1926 - the baby was the eighth child in the family. The little girl was born having both women's and men's genitals. Needless to say that it was a totally outstanding event in the small town. The parents decided to register their child as a girl.
"When I turned seven, I started noticing that I did not look like other people. Women would dash away and point their fingers at me in the bath house. I did not act like a girl. I fought with other kids, played football," Haris remembers.
The girl's breasts started growing together with penis during the adolescent phase. The child was suffering from such a horrible physical defect, but there was no adequate medical specialist in the neighborhood.
"Eventually I decided to ignore my excessive genitals. Actually, I became a pretty girl, when I turned 17 years old. All my friends envied my gorgeous hair! I had white skin, no stubble, no beard. I used to wear make up for dance parties too," Haris said.
When Kadicha turned 20, she had her first love affair with a boy. The boy fell in love with her, but he knew nothing about the girl's peculiarity. "I was so afraid of sex! We eventually got married, but when he saw, who I actually was, his family kicked me out of their house. After that I decided that I had more male character traits in me. I cut my hair short, we gave away my women's clothes to our neighbors. Finally, I told everybody that my new name was Haris. On the whole, I decided to be a man. I got the true men's profession too - I drove a tractor."
Young widow Nurgalam Gilmetdinova moved to Haris's town soon after that. Haris developed a fondness for the new resident and they started dating. "I liked him a lot indeed. But when people told me about his secret, I was really scared. I decided to stay away from him for a while. When a week passed, I realized that I could not live without him. My father blessed our marriage," Nurgalam said.
Haris Kamalov became a perfect husband: he neither drank, nor smoked; he was a hard-working person too. Haris and Hurgalam could not register their marriage, though, because Haris was officially registered as a woman.
"I could have changed my passport, but it was all about red tape. I am still listed as a woman," Haris says.
"When he was young, he was very good as a man. He was very gentle and caressing in bed. He had women's bosom, yes, but it did not bother me. Nobody has seen it, but me after all. Haris has never cheated on me - that's the most important thing! We cannot have children, it is true, but this is the will of Allah," Nurgalam said.
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