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Model Lea T.: ‘I Was Hoping I Way Gay’ Instead Of Trans

Leandro Cerezo, the trans model otherwise known as Lea T., made her Oprah debut today. And the studio audience was treated to that photo. And Lea was treated to Oprah using male pronouns in the voiceover. Lea says it “would be much more easy [in] life” if she could accept her body, and that she was “hoping I was gay” instead of being trans.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Feb 17, 2011
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  • 13 Comments
    • Holy Shit!
      Holy Shit!

      I do wish Oprah would quit it with the whole ‘born in the wrong body’ thing. It just perpetuates the concept that a trans body is a ‘wrong body’ that must be corrected.

      Feb 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOE burt
      JOE burt

      Oprah is a closet lesbian. She should be ashamed.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 12:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • uu
      uu

      Oprah’s show strikes me as remarkably non-sensationalist. Makes me glad.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 6:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      @JOE burt: do you really think Oprah would stay in the closet? She really doesn’t seem to care

      Feb 18, 2011 at 6:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oli
      Oli

      I hate it when people complain about Oprah. Obviously she’s not perfect but she is really one of our greatest allies. I really believe she means to do the best she can. She’s always light years ahead of the rest of the media in terms of LGBT issues. This interview is great for bringing the issues into the public consciousness, most people never know or meet trans people.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 7:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freeman
      Freeman

      @Oli: I agree

      Feb 18, 2011 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sweetbrandigirl2004
      sweetbrandigirl2004

      I was so happy to see the Lea used the term Transsexual and not Transgender and that she made a point of linking GID to being Transsexual. She made a point of explaining it’s not the same as cding or being a transvestite.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      It’s because of people in the media like Oprah, who reflexively mention being gay when discussing trans-genderism, that most Americans still consider transexuality as being an extreme form of homosexuality.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gina
      gina

      @sweetbrandigirl2004:

      Yeah, and Lea also mentioned how she knows being trans is a mental disorder. You’re very pretty Lea and I wish you the best, but no thanks on you being a community spokeswoman.

      Oh, and btw Oprah, the purpose of a SRS for trans women is NOT to “remove your penis” and asking a trans woman about how she ‘hides her penis’ is, honestly, kind of sick.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rocky
      Rocky

      If people don’t ask questions they will not understand. There is nothing wrong with that question-it educates people on an aspect of a transsesexual’s life and sexuality. I think you and a lot of people on here find things to bitch about just to bitch.

      Feb 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • missanthrope
      missanthrope

      @Rocky:

      If you’re so keen on questions, then tell us all about your genitals. Better yet, go on Oprah and talk about your genitals in full detail.

      Because that’s what us trans people go through all.the.time. Whenever a discussion starts about our identity, the discussion

      Imagine people wanting to have graphic discussions about what you and you’re partners in bed every time you come out, wouldn’t that make you uncomfortable for you? People’s genital arrangements are their own private business, not fodder for “education”, in this case the “education” is just satisfying people’s prurient curiosity because they find trans bodies to be exotic.

      Feb 19, 2011 at 12:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sweetbrandigirl2004
      sweetbrandigirl2004

      @gina: Yes Gina it was unfortunate that she used the incorrect terminology she should have used Gender Identity Dysphoria. as for Os question about how she hides her penis..that was just tacky, a better question would have been Lea can you explain your need or desire for genital surgery ? That would have open the door for her to explain and educate people on the differences between Transgenderism and Transsexualism.

      Feb 19, 2011 at 9:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sweetbrandigirl2004
      sweetbrandigirl2004

      Yes Gina it was unfortunate that she used the incorrect terminology she should have used Gender Identity Dysphoria. as for Os question about how she hides her penis..that was just tacky, a better question would have been Lea can you explain your need or desire for genital surgery ? That would have open the door for her to explain and educate people on the differences between Transgenderism and Transsexualism.

      Feb 19, 2011 at 11:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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