Gender Blender on 12/15/09
In 2007 LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner stunned his colleques when he came out as transgender and began living his life as Christine Daniels. The story gained international attention and turned Christine into a bit of a celebrity. But less than a year later Daniels' byline was quietly replaced by Penner's. Penner never spoke publically about his decision to go back to living as a man, and after his apparent suicide last month, we'll never truly know why his story ended so tragically, but Gender Blender hopes to shed light on his experience by speaking with others who transitioned to one gender and then transitioned to another, starting with Donna Rose, the trans activist who made national news when she walked off of HRC's board to protest their support of a non-trans inclusive ENDA.
A recent Nip/Tuck storyline followed a transwoman who decided to transition "back" to male because he had decided he was really a gay man. Then the man asked the doctor to give him breast implants--because he realized the men he was attracted too were more attracted to feminine appearances. The Nip/Tuck episodes starred real life trans actress Candis [Dirty Sexy Money] Cayne, but how true to life was the storyline? Tuesday, December 15th, Gender Blender co-hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo will address that question and talk to several individuals who have transitioned more than once--including internet radio host Robin Diane Goldstein and editor of the forthcoming anthology, Kicked Out, Sassyfras Lowrey. They will share their personal experiences and talk about why they made the choices they did. Also joining the conversation is Joanne Herman, author of Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not
who recently posted a piece on Huffington Post addressing these issues and the idea of "transgender regret."