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L.A. Times Profiles Popular Transgender Mayor Stu Rasmussen


The L.A. Times has published a big profile on Stu Rasmussen, the nation's first transgender mayor. Rasmussen was elected by the people of Silverton, Oregon on November 4th:

"Rasmussen, longtime manager of the local cinema, was also elected mayor in 1988 and 1990, and served four years -- but that was when he was wearing slacks and sport shirts to council meetings. The new Rasmussen -- who got breast implants a few years ago and began calling himself Carla Fong -- wears skirts, lipstick and high heels. The thing is, Rasmussen's been a fixture in this small former lumber mill town so long, people tend not to pay much attention to what he's wearing."

Rasmussen notices when they do though: "Guys come up to me in the bar and say, 'Hate to tell you this, but I saw this woman on the street the other day, and I'm thinking, great legs, nice tan, and she turns around and I go, 'Oh, my God, it's Stu!''...If I could have a face transplant, it'd be perfect. A face like this, only a mother could love. But people overlook the face now, because there's all this other real estate."

Rasmussen's gender identity has earned him notice nationally, and you could have bet on this:

"The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., known for its protests across the country targeting gays, plans to picket Monday in downtown Silverton 'to speak some words of truth to this 60-year-old pervert,' according to the church's website."

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  1. - "This kind of thing doesn't help the gay community one bit."

    So should Stu or more properly Carla live an inauthentic life because you deem it inconvenient to us?

    Ben - I don't think a path to surgery or hormone treatments are not base level requirements for "trans" status. To my understanding anyone who refuses to conform to or live under the "normal" proscribed definitions of gender is trans.

    Posted by: Curtis | Nov 21, 2008 5:54:21 PM

  2. Why would a transgender be gay? I'm seriously asking this. I always thought the reason for transgender was the person felt their natural born gender was incorrect. A male actually felt he was female, and vice versa. Therefore not gay. A gay man does not become a woman because he desires a man nor does a woman desiring a woman become a man. Not sure I'm being clear...I just have always been curious/confused about that...the fact that people think a man desiring a man makes him a woman. It doesn't. Whom you are attracted to doesn't change your gender. Am I misunderstanding that?

    Oh, and the Westboro Church DOES NOT represent any way, shape, or form, of what Christ's love represents. He loves all...too bad the assholes have bastardized what it's all about.

    I hope they all have stock in million spf heat screen...they are gonna need it where they are going.

    Posted by: sue | Nov 22, 2008 1:43:50 PM

  3. Yay for Carla Fong! Love it!

    Posted by: Cody | Nov 23, 2008 3:21:08 PM

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