Tuesday, November 23, 2004

My Big Fat Obnoxious Cross Dresser

A former colleague of mine recently began the process of gender reassignment. I can't imagine that this is an easy thing to do - especially for him, er her, as she's a largish programmer that works with a lot of intolerant small town guys. She has to spend the next year as a woman before she can undergo surgery.

At first I thought it was a joke, but I've had enough conversations with people from the company (and her) to realize that it's serious. Not to make light of the situation, but can you image if it was an elaborate hoax? What if she had cameras everywhere and it was some kind of reality tv series in the making? Like My Big Fat Obnoxious Transexual?

Whenever I would see reality tv series like Punk'd I used to always wonder why these people aren't more suspicious - I mean come on! A naked guy walking around in a clothing store? A beautiful, wealthy girl marrying a totally obnoxious unattractive loser? Give me a break!

But then something like this happens, and you realize that to ask them if they're filming a tv reality show would be somewhat insensitive to an already delicate situation. Live and learn.


At 12:10 AM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

Oh my! The closest I've come to that situation is working with a cross dressing guy who used the ladies restroom, I'm sure to avoid getting beat up in the guy's room. I remember there being a big flap about it by some of the less open minded ladies.
Oh, and I made friends with a cross dressing prostitute on a long bus ride one time.

At 1:45 AM, Blogger Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

What a huge amount of courage that person must have.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

There but for the grace of God go I. We'll often never know how close we came in the evolution of time and space to being in that person's shoes. My usual strategy is to say nothing until I'm sure I won't offend the individual. I hope things go well for him: I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to be going through this.

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

This was actually on CSI just last week, and Grissom said that there is a certain species of oyster where there are males, females, and she-hes that can change their sex at will...so he was sort of implying that instead of humans "evolving", so to speak, that maybe we were always meant to be this way...I'm not saying ANY of this right. But I tried, darn it!


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