‘I’m a conjoined twin but still have sex – my supportive brother faces away on dates’
Lori and George Schappell opened up about how they navigate the dating world as conjoined twins – they live very separate lives despite being connected at the head
Conjoined twins have separate lives – even though they’re connected at the head.
Despite sharing 30% of their frontal lobe brain tissue, Lori and George Schappell have different outlooks.
They were born as sisters but George now identifies as male.
Lori, who has been focused on studying and working, wants to settle down and have children in the future.
And her sibling doesn’t want to stand in her way – so gives her privacy when she’s intimate with partners.
George claims he’d be like a “brother in law” to Lori’s husband if she ever got hitched.
Lori, who lost her virginity to her second boyfriend aged 23, has had an active dating life.
According to Fabulous, she said: “When I went on dates, George would bring along books to read and, as we don’t face each other, he could ignore any kissing.
“I don’t see why being a conjoined twin should stop me having a love life and feeling like a woman.”
Lori found love and was engaged in 2006.
But tragically, her fiancé lost his life months before the wedding after a drunk driver collided with him.
Thankfully, her brother was there to help Lori pick up the pieces.
She recalled: “George looked after me. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I could have lived through the heartbreak.”
It’s not the only obstacle the siblings have had to overcome in life.
When they were born, a court ruled they’d have to be raised in an institution rather than by their parents.
Lori said: “There was absolutely nothing wrong with us, apart from physically. But people didn’t know any better.
“We learned to look after ourselves from a very young age and got excellent grades at school.”
It wasn’t until they turned 21 that they got their freedom back.
The twins won a legal battle that allowed Lori to attend secretarial college.
She then got a job in a hospital laundry room, where she’d do shifts while her brother George occupied himself with books or music.
George, who has spina bifida that causes severe mobility problems, is a keen country singer.
He has a more introverted personality and enjoys pursuing his own hobbies in his spare time.
Lori added: “We are able to enjoy ourselves in our own way, while the other will read a book or do a puzzle.
“It’s the best way we have found to cope with being conjoined.”