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Trent Gates, a 23-year-old from Washington DC, has recently opened up about why he decided to cut off his own penis and testicles in order to become a ‘nullo’. While body modification and cosmetic surgery are becoming increasingly common for all sorts of reasons (see video below) Trent's example goes way beyond the ordinary.
A 'nullo' is a person, also sometimes known as a 'smoothie', who has undergone extreme body modification by having their genitals, and sometimes nipples, surgically removed.
Speaking to Metro US, Trent says he sliced off his testicles in a DIY surgical procedure performed at home in April 2016, before chopping off his penis in January 2017.
He used an ultra-sharp ceramic knife to carry out the procedures and used only painkillers and numbing cream to stop the pain.
The IT worker says he was inspired to perform the radical procedure after seeing another famous 'nullo' called Gelding at the age of 15.
Recalling what made him decide to remove his genitalia, Trent told Metro US: “It really didn’t feel like part of me. It’s along the lines of being trans, but not quite.
“I have no desire to be a woman. It’s kind of a middle ground in-between the two, an androgynous in-between.
“I came across some pictures when I was in high school, online, and I’ve been that way since, back since I was probably, 15.
“I saw a photo online – it was like, bam, first photo I saw, that’s me, I want to be there some day. ‘I think it was a photo of [famous nullo] Gelding. He’s kind of like the grandfather of the community,’” Trent told the publication.
The IT worker recalled: “I used a ceramic [knife] because it’s sharper than steel, less ripping and tearing.”
Trent explained that he travelled to hospital immediately after on both occasions, where a surgeon stitched him up and gave him painkillers.
He also talked to a mental health team about his decision to remove his genitals.
Speaking of the pain he said he “had no problem with it”.
“I used a little bit of a numbing agent, a little bit of lidocaine on it, and I took to five milligrams of oxycodone that they prescribed me when I did my balls to take the edge off.
Trent, who describes himself as non-binary, says he is sexually attracted to men. But he does not like the pronoun ‘they’ and says he feels more male than female.
He adds he has no regrets over his decision to become a nullo.
“I feel happier. I feel more me. I feel, I guess, freer in a sense. It’s kind of hard to describe it.
“More how I’m meant to be, at heart. I feel more like the me I’ve always felt I was.
“With people who have a problem I’m like, f**k it, its not your body, don’t worry about it.”
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