DR. LAURA ELLIS: CO-OWNER OF MORNING GLORY
Dr. Ellis is another one of Dr. Bower’s patients and co-founder of the Morning Glow bed-and-breakfast.
In a scene showing her shopping at a street market surrounded by male vendors in baseball caps and baggy clothes, Dr. Ellis says that when a person transitions from male-to-female the people around them must transition as well. And that it’s the responsibility of the transitioning person to minimize the hardship on those they love.
When Dr. Ellis’ daughter Erin comes to live with the trans-women in Morning Glow for a short while, Erin comments on how the all new women undergo a sort of female adolescence late in their lives in which they begin learning about hair, makeup, manner, and dress. The transwomen look to Erin for advice and she takes delight in her role. Dr. Ellis seems more comfortable in her skin than ever, according to Erin. But she also seems slightly jealous of Dr. Bowers, someone who is more established in Trinidad society and more accustomed to living as a woman.
Erin calls Dr. Ellis her “father” yet refers to her father as “she,” exemplifying the subtle differences in ways family members relate to their transgender relatives.