1. They’re passionate
Describing their relationship as tempestuous and volatile, Jake and Hannah admit that they have a feisty dynamic but with that feistiness comes passion. “We’re definitely passionate, fairly volatile but also very into each other and very supportive of each other. It’s never boring with us,” Jake tells us and Hannah agrees. “Even when we’re in our feistiest moods, I still feel a lot of love for Jake.” Although Jake sometimes feels like Hannah wants to kill him, their love overrules everything. and when it comes to their relationship, laughter is key. “Hannah is funny, incredibly hilarious. She makes me laugh all the time. She’s a pretty special lady.”
2. They understand each other
Before meeting Hannah, Jake almost gave up on finding someone that he really connected with because he find out it difficult for anyone to relate to him being transgender, something Hannah was completely familiar with. “No one really gets what it’s like to be trans unless they are trans and it wasn’t that I wasn’t with great people before, but with Hannah there was just this understanding. She just got me. I didn’t have to explain anything about how difficult it was or about dysphoria. It made it a lot easier to fall in love with her.” Hannah had never had a relationship before Jake. “I was so unhappy with my body and where I was in my life that the idea of sharing myself intimately with anyone was completely off the cards and so Jake was genuinely the first real relationship I ever had,” she says.
3. They’re both fierce activists
After both growing up feeling like they were alone, both Hannah and Jake put off their transitions for many years due to a lack of visibility so as a couple, standing up and being role models for younger trans people is extremely important to them. “We work with a lot of children’s charities and trans kid charities and it’s a real privilege to be able to give hope to the parents of those trans kids, who like our parents, thought that we’d never find love or have a future. It’s one of the great things about being a trans couple. We’ve been incredibly lucky to talk at Prides around the world and lead Pride parades giving hope to other trans individuals that there is love out there,” Jake says.