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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.

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13 Comments

  • 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.

  • JOE burt

    Oprah is a closet lesbian. She should be ashamed.

  • uu

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

  • sam

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

  • 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.

  • Freeman

    @Oli: I agree

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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