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Feb 7
[IMAGE: Two images of conjoined twins, joined at the head. One is much smaller and sits on a stool-like wheel chair while the taller twin stands. Both are wearing red shirts]
Apologizes if my image description isn’t very detailed, if somebody feels as if they can improve it, please do so. I’m also trying to write this without any sort of cissexism or ableism. If you feel this is poorly written, please correct it.
Lori and George Schappell are the longest living conjoined twins, they turned 50 on September 18th, 2011.
George Schappell has designed support equipment for people with physical  handicaps, including a specialized wheelchair and a mobility aid for  dogs. He has also performed country music before he came out as male in 2007, performing widely in the US, Europe, and Japan. In 1997 he won a L.A. Music Award for Best New Country Artist. He also sang “Fear of Being Alone” over the credits for Stuck On You, a film about fictitious conjoined twins. He lives with spina bifida, with his sister Lori as a caretaker.
TW: FORCED INSTITUTIONALIZATION
Lori and George spent the first 24 years of their lives living in an institution in Reading  in which the majority of patients had severe  intellectual disabilities. Although neither is intellectually disabled,  George’s physical condition required special care. A court decision was  made that their parents would be unable to care for them properly and  they were removed and institutionalized. In the 1960s there were few  hospital institutions for people who had special needs that were  particularly unusual. In order that they might be placed in the  institution, they were diagnosed as suffering from intellectual  disability. When they reached adulthood, George, with the help of Ginny  Thornburgh, wife of former Governor of Pennsylvania Richard Thornburgh, fought to have this diagnosis overturned and Lori and George were able to go to college.
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[IMAGE: Two images of conjoined twins, joined at the head. One is much smaller and sits on a stool-like wheel chair while the taller twin stands. Both are wearing red shirts]

Apologizes if my image description isn’t very detailed, if somebody feels as if they can improve it, please do so. I’m also trying to write this without any sort of cissexism or ableism. If you feel this is poorly written, please correct it.

Lori and George Schappell are the longest living conjoined twins, they turned 50 on September 18th, 2011.

George Schappell has designed support equipment for people with physical handicaps, including a specialized wheelchair and a mobility aid for dogs. He has also performed country music before he came out as male in 2007, performing widely in the US, Europe, and Japan. In 1997 he won a L.A. Music Award for Best New Country Artist. He also sang “Fear of Being Alone” over the credits for Stuck On You, a film about fictitious conjoined twins. He lives with spina bifida, with his sister Lori as a caretaker.

TW: FORCED INSTITUTIONALIZATION

Lori and George spent the first 24 years of their lives living in an institution in Reading in which the majority of patients had severe intellectual disabilities. Although neither is intellectually disabled, George’s physical condition required special care. A court decision was made that their parents would be unable to care for them properly and they were removed and institutionalized. In the 1960s there were few hospital institutions for people who had special needs that were particularly unusual. In order that they might be placed in the institution, they were diagnosed as suffering from intellectual disability. When they reached adulthood, George, with the help of Ginny Thornburgh, wife of former Governor of Pennsylvania Richard Thornburgh, fought to have this diagnosis overturned and Lori and George were able to go to college.

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    Wow! Very cool. I had heard about these twins before, but at the time, there was nothing about George being trans. I had...
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    I vaguely remember George’s name change, now I know why! This is cool!
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    I typed this up as a submission for queers with disabilities…the original article was shit, but I tried my best to write...
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