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Posted: 24 Jul 2005, 4:25 pm    Post subject: "Brandon Teena" Reply with quote

I put the name in quotes because I know that he would neve rhave adopted his first female name as his last name. He may have used it that way occasionally,but had he been born into better circumstances and been able to go through with reassignment surgery, he wouldn't have kept Teena with him at all.
I just finished reading Aphrodite Jones' 'All She wanted'. I found it quite informative and eye opening, being one of the most factual accounts of the entire ordeal. Inspired by the knowledge the book gave me and the fact that I have been writing a story about an FTM transsexual, i thought I might do a search on the interweb for some more fact finding. I was shocked with how many reports, including the one ont his website, claim that Brandon changed his name to Brandon Teena. They make the transition sound simple and sort of flipant, which it was most definitely not. I just wanted to make a point...I get very frustrated with the portrayal and representation of transsexual people in the media and on the interweb.
Has anyone else noticed the comedic value transsexual people have on sitcoms all of a sudden? They are either evil or funny...FTM acting effeminant and MTF looking like ridiculous drag queens with badly shaved beards or being played by stupidly attractive model types.
I'm not transsexual and it ticks me off to no end to see such blatant ignorance and cruelty from the straight community and even from the gay community. From Maury Povich displaying full screen 'before' shots to his guests which are paraded about like freaks, to Two and a Half Men bringing an effeminant acting male on to play an ex...I know if they showed the same 'respect' towards a visible minority heads would why isn't anyone standing up and saying something? Why isn't anyone pointing out that these are people, human beings born into the wrong body who deserve the same happiness as anyone else?
It really makes me sick.
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much"
-Oscar Wilde
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