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Transgender Woman in the Running to Be America's Next Top Model


The new season of America's Next Top Model begins on September 3, and will for the first time feature a transgender contestant, named Isis.

Says Isis to Us Weekly: "My cards were dealt differently. I like to help people [as a role model], but I'm here to follow my dreams."

GLAAD president Neil Giuliano hailed the decision: " [It's] an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television. We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible."

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  1. I've never watched that show really, but this would make it interesting.

    Posted by: Alan | Aug 13, 2008 12:39:36 PM

  2. This is ridiculous. Xgendered people don't change their chromosomes or DNA. There is no trans-gendering going on. There is just a change in the plumbing. That changes nothing.

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Aug 13, 2008 12:44:23 PM

  3. I try to avoid Top Model because I get sucked into a vortex that I can't leave.

    This makes me want to watch it again!

    I can just see the other girls rolling their heads and getting all like "bitch needs to take her hormones and calm down cause i'm winning the go see challenge!"

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 13, 2008 12:44:27 PM

  4. Right, DC-2008. The type of chromosomes is critical in a contest about who takes pretty pictures.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 13, 2008 12:55:18 PM

  5. and let's do some gender studies 101 here:

    chromosomes=biological SEX

    gender is a social construct that can be expressed through clothes, mannerisms, appearance (and even genitalia).

    the two aren't always the same. so while one can be biologically male, they can have a female gender (as Isis is illustrating).

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 13, 2008 12:58:29 PM

  6. You are exactly right about one thing DC-20008, despite your rhetorical lip gloss you have amply demonstrated that you remain a pig.

    Posted by: rudy | Aug 13, 2008 1:03:15 PM

  7. Actually, the term gender is often defined as a social construction regarding what does and does not constitute male or female behavior and appearance. Sex refers to whether or not someone is biologically male or female.
    To that point: tell me, if someone has androgen insensitivity (has X and Y chromosomes but develops biologically as a female), will you still call them a man? Do you check everyone's chromosomes before assigning a gender pronoun to them?

    Posted by: scientitian | Aug 13, 2008 1:05:06 PM

  8. DC-20008, I am so upset that we share a zip code.

    Posted by: DCboy | Aug 13, 2008 1:07:16 PM

  9. Boy, I'm glad to have the 20010 zip code.

    Posted by: DC Girl | Aug 13, 2008 1:23:03 PM

  10. COOL! i can't wait to watch it. not only was this an interesting way to shake the show up, i hope that it is dealt with in a positive, even fun way to get transgendered people on mainstream television shows, instead of news stories and documentaries.

    Posted by: michael | Aug 13, 2008 1:29:06 PM

  11. Yes DC-2008 we know how awful you look with that lipstick on please wipe it off now.

    Posted by: 1 | Aug 13, 2008 1:35:14 PM

  12. This is going to be HILARIOUS. Yes, it's great that there's exposure, blah blah blah, but you forget--the show is hosted by Tyra Banks. This will be the comedy event of the year. And then I bet Tyra will masquerade as a transgender person on her talk show, and it will be even more hilarious.

    Posted by: harveypenguin | Aug 13, 2008 2:09:02 PM

  13. wasn't dominique from last cycle a man?

    Posted by: CA 90210 | Aug 13, 2008 2:32:58 PM

  14. No geniuses--apparently like typed over your ability to comprehend.

    Again, for the mongoloids, there is no such things as transgendering.

    Gender is not a "societal thing".

    Gender is simple biology--chromosomes.

    Now GFYM.

    Posted by: DC-20008 | Aug 13, 2008 2:33:11 PM

  15. It's a shame that so many people still don't understand the difference between sex and gender.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 13, 2008 2:36:49 PM

  16. Now, the question remains:

    Does she want to be on top?

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 13, 2008 2:56:18 PM

  17. well dc-2008, your chromosomes are obviously lacking a nucleotide. the one for having a brain!!!

    Posted by: bading | Aug 13, 2008 3:09:27 PM

  18. Ah DC-20008, so nice to see you insulting other people's intelligence while spouting ignorance.

    Sex is biological. You might be interested to know, incidentally, that there are more than two biologically recognized sexes, and that many so-called transgendered people are actually intersexed (which can mean many different things depending on what combination of chromosomes they have, including, but not limited to, having the external genetalia of one sex but the interenal genetalia of another).

    But many more transgendered people simply identify with a *gender* that is distict from their *sex*. Sex is biological. Gender is social. These are distinctions accepted both in psyhcology and biology, so whether you accept them or not is really immaterial; you are merely showcasing your ignorance.

    Posted by: Dan E | Aug 13, 2008 3:10:54 PM

  19. Funny thing about chromosomes. While they have a close relation to sex and gender expression, they're not total.

    There are people born and identified - by doctors and laypersons - who grow up 'normal' but just happen to have chromosome different than their apparent sex or gender.

    And guess what? There are people who grow up to have a different gender or sex than they were born with on the outside.

    A pig, is, perhaps unfortunately, not a person. Although DC-2008 makes it hard to tell, as they seem closer to a pig than a person.

    ...Also, why is this in a gay men's magazine? That's just, like weird. But I'm all for some gay men not being gynephobic snots, 'cause that's cool.

    And that there's another supermodel who is a transwoman? Awesome.

    Posted by: Crissa | Aug 13, 2008 3:44:58 PM

  20. Now, now, now Y'all. Pigs are intelligent animals and I seriously doubt they would appreciate being compared to DC-20008 and his ilk.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Aug 13, 2008 5:13:46 PM

  21. DC-20008 obviously never took Human Sexuality in college, if he even went to college.

    Posted by: Qjersey | Aug 13, 2008 10:29:07 PM

  22. Crissa: "Why is this in a gay men's magazine?"

    You really have to ask??

    Tyra (who I'm pretty sure is trans)
    Miss Jaye
    Mr. Jay

    I could go on and on. Meh, nevermind.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 14, 2008 7:33:58 AM

  23. To: DC-2008.

    Yeah, what everyone else said!
    Maybe you should take a remedial course in biology, or even human sexuality.
    While I have not taken any such classes, it just seems that "sex" and "gender" are two disticntly different things.
    And, before you spew out more bile, Trans-gender is the correct term.
    Better yet, maybe you should speak to a doctor first, before you open that gaping cespool of a mouth again.

    Posted by: Crash | Aug 14, 2008 12:22:21 PM

  24. I think it’s rad that America’s Next Top Model is open to trans gendered girls. Gender is about identification, not biology. Have you seen the beautiful TG girls on that show Gender Blender? They are hotter then a lot of the ‘genetic’ girls I’ve seen. I guess some of the beautiful girls have penises…

    Posted by: energizer | Aug 14, 2008 6:48:46 PM

  25. Just wanted to remind everyone in Cali to vote YES on Prop 8!

    Posted by: lionel | Aug 15, 2008 3:39:01 PM

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