Tiamat Legion Medusa, 60, has so far spent £61,000 on becoming a “reptoid”, but now wants to become the world’s first ‘genderless dragon’ by having their penis removed.
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A reptile-obsessed former banker wants to become the world’s first “genderless dragon” by having their penis removed.
Tiamat Legion Medusa, 60, from Texas, US, has spent more than £61,000 on modification surgeries including ear removal, tongue splitting, castration and countless tattoos.
Legion, who was born Richard Hernandez, says their love for extreme body modifications started after a dream in the 1980s about a snake bite, which they believe turned them into a “reptoid”.
Legion, a former vice president of a bank, said: “[In the dream] I found myself surrounded by snakes, of all colours and the snakes were all biting me and I was very much afraid, but as the dream went on and they kept on biting me, I could see that I was not being hurt by them or their bites.
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“It was when I realised this that my fear began to subside and I felt safe and at peace and I was not afraid of the snakes, then I woke up.
“I can still recall the dream so vividly as if it happened last night, and it was then that I knew there was an important message for me in my dream – it was an omen that I was one of them, a sign of things to come in my life.
“Today I believe that when those snakes were biting me in my dream that they were in effect injecting me with their venom as a way to give me that venom making me like them, which is why today I am a venom-spitting dragon, as opposed to being a fire-breathing dragon like many people incorrectly assume.”
Their identity crisis began as a child, when Legion says they faced abuse that led to a “disconnect” from the human race.
They were diagnosed with AIDS in 1997 and decided to change their life completely by “shedding” parts of their humanity.
In their bid to become the person they know they are, Legion has successfully petitioned the court for their gender marker to be changed to non-binary on their birth certificate.
Legion added: “I am removing parts of myself that offend me including some of my physical attributes and also how I live my life today as creature that is part-human and part-reptilian.
“Having been to hell and back, having endured so much cruelty at the hands of humans, making myself into something from another species is my own way of dealing with the spiritual, emotional, psychological pain and anguish that continues to torment me through my life today.
“I believe that I am a real and true life reptoid, a half-human/half-reptilian creature,” Legion, who currently works as a performing artist, said.
“I can deal with being part human, just as long as I am also part reptilian because, with my being a transspecies, no longer being ‘just human’ gives me a peace that passes all understanding.”
Legion considers themself a “venom-spitting dragon” – something that is more figurative than literal.
They said: “It’s not so much that I have actual venom shooting out of my fangs but it comes from my heart.
“It can be either a combination of something good or not so good, depending on a particular situation and how I deal with people who are either nice and respectful, or those who are mean and ugly.
“My motto is that each is met as each deserves – I use my intellect and words, which can make flowers grow or cut like a knife, and people can be nice or they get to taste my venom.
“This is where my happy place is – knowing I have gone to great lengths to find my happiness and finding it in another species.”
Legion believes they will finally be finished with their transformation by 2025, at which time they hope to be fully happy with their appearance.
Now, after 12 years of being single, they are even considering dating again.
Legion said: “I have recently warmed up to the idea of dating but getting started is not going to be easy for me.
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“I have particular tastes in men – and I do mean human men – but my ultimate desire and hope is to meet a fellow reptoid so we can be a perfect couple.
“That said however, the perfect human man for me would be one with no tattoos or modifications of any kind, one that is the total opposite of what I am.
“While I have many reptile enthusiast friends around the world, I have yet to make a connection with someone else that also identifies as a reptilian – but I know they are out there somewhere.
“Destiny has yet to bring us together but it will happen.”
Legion is aware that their path in life may not be what other people approve of.
“This is my way of dealing with life and the hand that was dealt me,” they added.
“It may not be how others would have handled things but this is my life and I will do things my way – and I will continue to march to the beat of my own drum.”