33-year-old Lou Cutler wasn’t looking to make history when he entered the Mr. Gay Philadelphia contest, but when he got the crown he became the first transgender winner in the history of the contest.
GPhilly was on the scene at the competition, and reporter Josh Middleton managed to get some truly inspiring words from Cutler:
“It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes…But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”
Kudos to Mr. Cutler, and right on to the voters for Mr. Gay Philadelphia.
In what has been a groundbreaking few years for transgender visibility, trans men definitely need more exposure, and this is definitely one way to do it.
We’re looking forward to seeing more stories about trans men in the future.
@orcanyc: whether he has a penis or not is irrelevant. If he identifies as male, lives as a male and is attracted to males and identifies as gay, he’s gay. The same holds true for those making the transition from male to female (MTF). If she identifies as female, lives and a female and is attracted to females and identifies as lesbian, she is a lesbian.
The dude’s hot; kind of dumb hair, but still attractive. It’s a little disheartening to read the comments here, @jayj150 comments were especially offensive. Perhaps as a biseuxal, I don’t have a problem with dating a transman or accepting of their male gender identity more than a gay man. If i meet and date a transman, I would think we are a gay couple. It’s not like i don’t or refuse to recognize the difference between a trans man and a biological man, there is no denying the difference, but recognizing the difference doesn’t mean you treat them differently. That’s the part that bugs me about the comments above. Instead of embracing the acceptance of trans men, a GAY transmen, into the Mr. Gay Philly contest, you get hung up on the difference and the biology.
@corvaspikenard: The trans women who rioted at Stonewall and marched in all the gay rights protests would disagree with you bigots.
Lou (the contest winner) is just trying to find his way and live his truth as he sees fit. Aren’t we all? For the folks in the Philly crowd who voted for him, that’s what they wanted. Why some on this thread are taking it so personally is kind of baffling.
Other people’s determination as to what their gender identity or sexual orientation is should in no way devalue your own. Isn’t that pretty much the same argument we pose to the rabid homophobes who tell us we shouldn’t get married as we see fit because it somehow interferes with straight people’s marriages?
Trans folks do NOT need LGBs–or any other minority who know what society’s hostility and marginalization feel like–to attempt to shut them down and add to their struggles. Live and let live…we’ve all got enough of our own sh*t to deal with.