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Carmen Carrera Teams With Tyra Banks For New Transgender Docuseries

The Blonds - After Party - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014RuPaul‘s Drag Race alum, Elite model and transgender activist Carmen Carrera is going to sashaying her way to VH1 for a new docuseries about the lives of transgender women that will premiere in early 2015.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that TransAmerica will be executive produced by Smize Queen Tyra Banks, and will “chronicle a group of Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender.”

Jersey girl Carrera will be be in Chicago to serve as a mentor and role model for the cast that includes party girl Sidney, beauty consultant Nadia, and pre-med hopeful Victory who hopes to be a doctor but faces antitrans discrimination among the way.

The show definitely seems like something we’d be into, and the Chicago backdrop should be a welcome change from the NYC/L.A. reality show norm. VH1 has a long history with progressive portrayals of transgender people, having previously aired the reality series TRANSForm Me which helped to launch the career of Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox.

For her part, Miss Banks seems to be excited about introducing these ladies to the world:

TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”

Carrera also seems to be very excited to share the next phase of her life and career with viewers:

“Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”

We have a sneaking suspicion that the drama factor on this one will be very high, and we can’t wait to watch.


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  • michael mellor

    Women’s curves have nothing to do with male homosexuality. Carmen Carrera appeals to straight guys, not homosexual men.

  • jayj150

    @michael mellor: Carmen Carrera, like the rest of non-operative transsexuals, appeals to a very specific audience: bisexual fetishists(both men and women). Straight men are not attracted to penises, regardless of what the person attached to them calls themselves.

    The obsession of transsexuals to constantly proclaim that straight men, and only straight men, are attracted to them, is part of their desperate need for validation. And it works both ways: In-denial bisexual men rationalize their attraction to male transsexuals as heterosexual because they resemble and call themselves women, so they delude themselves to believe they’re straight. While transsexuals feel they are being validated as women because men calling themselves ‘straight’ are attracted to them. For in denial bisexual(and sometimes gay) men, all it takes to be straight is to proclaim it, just as, in their view, all it takes for transsexuals to be women is to proclaim they are. That way they both get to have what is by all means a homosexual orientation, and engage in homosexual male sex, without having to be embarrassed by that dreaded ‘label’ that both self-hating bi/gay men and transsexuals hate so much: GAY.

  • Qjersey

    @jayj150: I hate to admit that you sorta have a point. I’ve met a few trans women who got dumped after having SRS

  • DerekR

    @michael mellor:d Jimbo you are so pathetically transparent that even with 50 different names your utter stupidity is a dead give away as to who you are. Whether old Jim Bryant here and new Michael Mellor to Petey on Towleroad you’re just so very sad. And you are a horrible, horrible person. Let’s see how long it takes for you to get banned again. Tick…tick…tick

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