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  1. MARCUS BACHMANN says

    What would you expect from a tool that began his “journalism career” as the host of THE MOLE?

  2. Rick says

    That ain’t nothin’ but a guy wearing a wig.

    Bravo, Anderson. Ridicule them for the kooks that they are. Just as Don Lemon has done.

    And make it clear in the process that they are NOT one of us nor do they have anything in common with us and that they therefore have no claims on us nor any common cause with us.

  3. mikenola says

    first off the comment Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 2:16:45 PM

    you are an idiot. Transgendered people suffer the same discrimination as LGBT people do. quit proving your bigotry you troll.

    That said.

    I don’t know why the T-groups are outraged. This individual has publicly made these claims and told her story as often and loudly as possible.

    There is, to date, no scientific proof that any hair loss treatment on the market “causes” someone to become transgendered. To air a show and point that out is not sensationalism nor is it abuse of the guest or the guest self identified group.

    Mandi may believe or attribute her understanding of her own gender identity issue with the hair loss product. Mandi may also be looking for an excuse or to place blame for this because she has issues with going forward with the transition.

    None of us really know. What we know is that it with all the talk of LGBT issues in the media this is a valid conversation with someone who is very willing to use the media to spread her story.

  4. Sladja says

    Rick, shame on you for promoting ridicule on another human being–you know the one thing that we all are in common. I don’t know where your going with your post but your divisive comment dis-serves all of the lgbtqa etc community.

    That aside, I’m not sure what Mandi means by “woman-like” feelings. Leads me to think that she definitely had sexual/gender issues in her past that must’ve been underlying the wacky gender flipping hair loss treatment.

  5. Fenrox says

    Rick is 100% correct, He is entirely isolated and should not be considered “One of us”.

    And for RIGHT NOW, the trans protesters are dead on too! Trans issues are VERY REAL, especially to trans people! If people doubted the existence of gay people it would be really insensitive to follow up real gay people combating that myth with that guy who said a ray of light from space made him gay.

  6. Fenrox says

    Whoops my bitchy comment doesn’t entirely read as a burn on Rick. But it is, that guy is the worst.

  7. Butch says

    I haven’t seen much of Anderson’s daytime show because of this annoying work thing, but I don’t think this episode will be the first to induce cringe….

  8. RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) says

    Rick: Get therapy, buddy. It’s not ever going to get better until you do.

  9. Malaysian Ho says

    Mikenola,

    You`ve mistook Rick`s sarcasm. She stated in her other comments that she is a transgender in a similar situation as well. God bless Rick. Strive for the best and be beautiful outside as the beautiful woman inside of you, Rick! We love you =) .

  10. MarkUs says

    LOL People didn’t think he moved into his new Jerry Springerish surroundings because he liked the curtains, did they? I say get a big banquet table full of food and see, you get two families who hate each other……

  11. Spot_A_Queen says

    He is simply a gay boy that came out too far. He can’t merely admit he’s gay and instead claims he’s medically transgendered.

  12. says

    well, i know from the many trans people i know that each experience of awakening to their identity and its possibilities have been pretty darn varied.

    but this sort of smacks of the insincerity of that UK dude who used a health-scare as his cop-out for “suddenly turning gay”.

    remember him? the “i was straight til i had a stroke” dude?

    some people dont’ have it in them to just BE, they need something to hang their identity on – the reluctant homosexuals, if you will.

    but as a gay man i’ll leave this particular debate to those who know firsthand about the experiences of being transgendered. you know, the people who actually are.

    i stand in solidarity and pride and support with my trans brothers and sisters. anyone who doesn’t deserves every ounce of hatred and discrimination their destined to continue facing in life.

  13. MediaWhore says

    I’d think trans people would be a bit more patient, especially when so many of them don’t seem to have their own s*it together enough to articulate what their all about.

    Look, if you can’t even figure out what and who you are, how do you expect everyone else to just understand ?

    You make it political AFTER you figure yourself out; if you don’t want to be sensationalized, don’t go on TV.

    And stop crying when you have an opportunity to get national media coverage that you could use to make a difference.

    Letting a trans organization speak for you because you don’t understand and have the skills to explain yourself, that’s just lame.

    Anderson’s just doing what people in the media do – act like sensationalist media whores. Sensationalism gets ratings, gets viewers. I think NCTE protests to much. Isn’t this what they want ?

  14. huskerman68 says

    I agree, this guy isn’t “T”, he’s just a gay guy that didn’t have the balls to come out on his own. I know several “T” individuals and this guy is using it as a decoy and it’s not fair to the “T” community.

  15. GregV says

    Anserson asks: “Did you have questions about your gender before?”

    Mandi’s answer ends with: “…I questions whether I was bisexual; I decided I liked women.”

    The fact that Mandi is too confused to even separate the concept of being attracted to women from BEING a woman (i.e. answering a question that Anderson did not ask) shows that this is someone who has been very confused for a long time, surely long before ordering the pills from an Indian internet site.

    The pills could easily have NOT been what was advertized (they could be bovine estrogen or who knows what) and taking estrogen pills might well have made Mandi start to feel physical and psychological symptoms. It would not appear, though, that the drugs did any more than bring Mandi’s own attention onto another aspect of her own identity confusion.

  16. Homo Genius says

    Truthfully, I have zero interest in Trans issues. None. If i were black and going to a site devoted to blacks I wouldnt want to see a bunch of articles related to Asians.

  17. DJ says

    I will definitely contact the show to let them know that I completely support them. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if something pisses off a trans activist, it is likely to be a good thing.

    Trans activists are homophobic, misogynistic, unstable, and prone to violence. In just the last few months, they drove a pro-gay minor internet celeb, Laci Greene, underground by subjecting her to death threats because she said the word “tranny” years ago when she was 18 years old. They firebombed a bank in Oregon, on the bizarre premise that the bank had something to do with the conviction of a trans person who killed a man in a bar fight. And they surrounded and threatened a lesbian at a lesbian march in NYC. Trans activists have mental issues.

    The worst mistake that gay people ever made was allowing LGB to be linked with T. There is no link. LGBT is a lie.

  18. Caliban says

    OK, not that I believe this guy suddenly became transgendered without any previous leanings toward it, but the hair replacement medication he was on has had MANY complaints against it from users, from erectile dysfunction to development of breast tissue (moobs). They claim the problems didn’t go away when they stopped taking the medication, which (IIRC) blocks testosterone production.

    Little Kiwi is right that this is very similar to the British guy who “suddenly became gay” after having a stroke. I didn’t believe that one either.

  19. Derrick from Philly says

    Homo Genius,

    I know you’ve probably never seen “Paris Is Burning”–but what about “To Wong Fu Thanks for Everything” or “Flawless” or “Kiss of the Spiderwoman?

    Every transperson is not transsexual. If you are a transwoman who has no intention of getting rid of your penis, and you have sex with men. Then that makes you Gay as well as transgender.

    There are transwomen who love their penises, have big ones, and will show you how well they can use it– if you like.

  20. says

    And those who take issue with transpeople and trans activists are always cowards who can’t show themselves.

    DJ, don’t be mad that transpeople have the balls you’ll never know.

    for real.

    hating trans people won’t make your life as an insecure homosexual any better 😉

  21. Shawn says

    LittleKiwi, i agree with you most of the time; but really, what is your obsession with calling people anonymous cowards? how do you propose they NOT be anonymous?

  22. Ginger62 says

    Ugh – can we please stop giving attention to these attention-whore gender fails please?

    I’m sick of reading about whiny trannies.

  23. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, Ginger, at 62 years old I’d think you’d be more open-minded and understanding.

    …can’t stand mean senior citizens. You can’t get them in the grave yard. They stick around forever.

  24. RMR says

    Any commenters bad mouthing Transgender people need to be deeply ashamed. The T in LGBT is there for a reason and we need to embrace our Trans brothers and sisters more then ever. Transphobia is disgusting from anyone but especially from gay people. Educate yourselves. Your bigotry is embarassing.

  25. says

    Simple, Shawn – there are certain things that are only ever said by a certain brand of coward.

    racist, transphobic, fem-phobic, misogynistic cowards who can only spew their bilious (and baseless) opinions from a place of complete anonymity. big boastful words from so-called men who treat the internet like a burqa.

    that’s the thing. they’re not strong. they’re not tough. they don’t have spines. anonymity is what they need to say what they say. and that’s pretty gosh-darn cowardly.

    how to not be anonymous? click my name, yo.

    werk.

    love and support to our trans brothers and sisters. we’re all in this together.

  26. TransSkeptic says

    The people who started this whole mess DID NOT WATCH THE VIDEO because it was written before it aired. The people who are protesting haven’t stopped to confirm whether what they think was said on the show was actually what was said. As a transgender person, I really wish these folks would stop over-reacting & take the time to actually watch the video & think about it before rushing off to get pissed. We have much more important things to focus on.

  27. Rick says

    “The T in LGBT is there for a reason and we need to embrace our Trans brothers and sisters more then ever.”

    It is there because the Far Left (more often than not effeminate) activists who live and breathe activism (because they have no place in the social mainstream) promote an ideology of “gender-non-conformity” that is anathema to most gay people and anathema to the mainstream population of the country.

    And they have damaged the credibility of the gay movement severely by embracing such an ideology and the gender-confused freaks who are its manifestation, undercutting our core message that gays are pretty much like everybody else and therefore deserve a place in the mainstream.

    They are not our “brothers and sisters” any more than heterosexuals are…..or Bangladeshis or people who like vanilla ice cream or professional golfers…..and the sooner we all disassociate ourselves from them, the better.

    Again, thanks to Anderson and to Don Lemon and to other visible gays in the media who have begun to create that distance. More power to them.

  28. jaragon says

    Is this some sort of performance art? “She” looks and sounds like a guy in bad sitcom pretending to be a woman.

  29. Icebloo says

    This is America. You have to get used to the endless lies and excuses people use for being gay. I’m not sure why most gay Americans still don’t have the balls to just admit they are gay or transgender. This is damaging our community and makes us ALL look stupid.

  30. says

    see? the “i hate femmes” crowd doesn’t have the balls to put a face to their comments.

    i suppose the good news is that they’re such cowards in their day to day lives that their impact will be zilch.

    werk!

    hating transpeople won’t change the fact that you’re not man enough yet to be openly gay. stop being mad at them for having a bravery you’re yet to know.

  31. V-8 says

    a lot of these hair growth products, like propecia, have tons of estrogen in them…. same thing with soy (soy milk, tofu, etc)…

    at one point my testosterone was very low, and unbeknownst to myself, I could not eat soy products either (because of a health issue), and I had switched to soy milk years before… and my hair did get thicker, and I did gain tons of weight, specially in the lower part of my body…..

    after removing as much soy as it is possible (u’d be surprised, everything has soy these days, it is the new corn syrup), and taking testosterone supplement, I have lost the fat in the lower body, gotten more muscle mass, etc… unfortunately my hair is thinning, but I’ll gladly take that….

    so I am not saying this guy is telling the truth (and I myself never got the realization I wanted to be a woman lol), but maybe he had low testosterone to begin with and the product exarcebated it?

    and yeah, Andy Coop is totally jumping the shark….

  32. Gordon says

    To my mind, Anderson has no claim to productively interview anybody of lgbt origin, he built a career on speculation & he was remotely attractive, if that’s credulous then let him directly interview the millions of those on the downlow instead of his ‘buddies’

  33. DJ says

    @Kiwi
    “how to not be anonymous? click my name, yo.”

    I clicked your name. There is nothing on your page that states your real name or otherwise discloses your identity. You are as anonymous as everyone else here, whom you attack using overtly sexist language. Since you aren’t a coward, please tell us your real name and location.

    BTW, if those pics really are of you, please consider some cosmetic procedures, because whatever you have now ain’t werking.

    You strike me as an intellectually stunted individual. You write like a 12 year old. Worse, your posts drip with sexism, as you equate “having balls” with courage and lacking “balls” with cowardice. In many other comments, you tell people who disagree with you that they are not real men.
    Your comments demonstrate that you are the most transphobic person on here.

  34. says

    Ok, I saw the show today and frankly I thought Cooper handled the subject and the guy very well. Personally I don’t think the hair restoration medication (which he bought online and out of India) caused him to desire to be a women. Honestly, I think the guy has always wanted to be a women but was in denial. I say this because even tho’, in his picture above he looks like a guy dressed as a women, he handled himself well and repeated over and over he had these panic attacks, fears over all these feminine feelings, which he had for years but were somehow enhanced by this drug. It seems to me he is using the excuse of the drug as a crutch to come out of the transvestite closet.

    I’ve lived in San Francisco all my life and have known many transsexuals just through normal social circles. Some I have known for years and it is very few who have ever been able to fool me into believing they are not a man dressed as a woman. Not that they need to but if the real desire is to be female, at least for me, I would want to be as female appearing and acting as possible. So much so that my gender would never be questioned.

    Growing up I remember guys would ask me if I thought I was a girl (because I was openly gay). The thought was the farthest thing from my mind. And yet I know transexuals who have lived their entire lives as women. I love being a man and love loving another man.

  35. Randy says

    NCTE is wrong, and this isn’t the first person on TV to claim to have had a gender or sexuality change brought on in unexplained ways.

    The brain is a complex thing, and to claim we know how it works, to rule out this person’s claims (without listening and investigating) is arrogant, prejudicial, and not just a little defensive.

    We don’t even know what was in the “treatment”.

  36. says

    I’m a hypocrite, a liar, a fraud.

    Click my link, look at my blog, I’m anonymous, I’m a lair, a fake; I’m better than everybody else, and my opinion matters because I demand you reveal who YOU are !

    Yup, I’m an a$$shole and a troll !

  37. Munro says

    Thanks DJ for that cmnt. Kiwi realllllllly belittles anyone with a different opinion or life experience than him. He hates it. (I wonder if he’s the youngest in his family as wellI as being the only gay one? Whatever, speculation.) Because hes SO RUDE and intolerant to divergent opinions I do in fact think of him as a troll now.

  38. Suj says

    Trans people are real. And they face such uphill battles even within the community (as seen by some comments on this story).

    LGBT people face similar discrimination not only throughout the laws in most countries, but also bigotry and shame (as seen by the comments on this story). We need to fight for equality together because it should not matter how you identify. It is about being yourself, being proud of that, and having the same rights as the privileged class of cisgender heterosexuals that have oppressed us for many many generations. Discrimination is discrimination and should be fought against by everybody!

    It’s HUMAN rights, people!!

    Cisgender: birth sex matches gender identity; transgender people have their birth sex not matching their gender identity.

  39. Nicole H says

    First of all, I agree with Mara Keisling and NCTE. Anderson Cooper should know better than to give a forum for such a ridiculous story. I was hoping his show might be an opportunity discredit this nonsense and to educate the public on the neurobiological etiology of Gender Variance and possibly Sexual Orientation, but it turned into a Jerry Springer-like freak show. It would have actually been useful to have a medical expert in embryology and neurobiology to scientifically refute this lunacy.
    I do not believe Mandi is gay. She may be bisexual but she seems happily attracted to women. I do believe she has legitimate gender conflict that has probably been repressed since childhood. I also think she is confusing her sexuality with her gender issues. I’m not even sure if she know whether she is a cross dresser or transsexual. Somehow the medication, which is a Testosternoe blocker, may have allowed her to process and explore subconscious issues that had previously been repressed but I certainly do not believe it made her Trans. It may have made her less agressive and lowered her sex drive. If that’s what she describes as being Trans then she is confused.
    Lastly, I am saddened by the rude comments made by a couple of gay men regarding Trans people. As a Trans person who evolved out of the gay community, I have had a rare taste of gay bigotry towards Trans folks and effeminate gay men. Fortunately, most gay men and lesbians are very much in solidarity with the Trans Community.
    The few jerks who make such rude comments are probably insecure about their own gender presentation and are threatened by those of us who dare to express ourselves honestly. There are certainly some Trans people whom I dislike just as there are some gays and lesbians I do not like. I would not try to generalize about the entire community based on a few bad apples.

  40. Nicole H says

    First of all, I agree with Mara Keisling and NCTE. Anderson Cooper should know better than to give a forum for such a ridiculous story. I was hoping his show might be an opportunity discredit this nonsense and to educate the public on the neurobiological etiology of Gender Variance and possibly Sexual Orientation, but it turned into a Jerry Springer-like freak show. It would have actually been useful to have a medical expert in embryology and neurobiology to scientifically refute this lunacy.
    I do not believe Mandi is gay. She may be bisexual but she seems happily attracted to women. I do believe she has legitimate gender conflict that has probably been repressed since childhood. I also think she is confusing her sexuality with her gender issues. I’m not even sure if she know whether she is a cross dresser or transsexual. Somehow the medication, which is a Testosternoe blocker, may have allowed her to process and explore subconscious issues that had previously been repressed but I certainly do not believe it made her Trans. It may have made her less agressive and lowered her sex drive. If that’s what she describes as being Trans then she is confused.
    Lastly, I am saddened by the rude comments made by a couple of gay men regarding Trans people. As a Trans person who evolved out of the gay community, I have had a rare taste of gay bigotry towards Trans folks and effeminate gay men. Fortunately, most gay men and lesbians are very much in solidarity with the Trans Community.
    The few jerks who make such rude comments are probably insecure about their own gender presentation and are threatened by those of us who dare to express ourselves honestly. There are certainly some Trans people whom I dislike just as there are some gays and lesbians I do not like. I would not try to generalize about the entire community based on a few bad apples.

  41. Nicole H says

    @ Rick: If it wasn’t for the drag queens who revolted at Stonewall, your ass would probably still be getting put in jail for being in a gay bar. You can thank the Gender Community for helping start the Gay Liberation Movement. You might want to remember that aspect of history.

  42. Nicole H says

    @ Rick: If it wasn’t for the drag queens who revolted at Stonewall, your ass would probably still be getting put in jail for being in a gay bar. You can thank the Gender Community for helping start the Gay Liberation Movement. You might want to remember that aspect of history.

  43. Brian says

    There’s not a lot of scientific evidence for what causes a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity; furthermore, sexual identities and gender identities can look different in other countries and cultures.

    I find it hard to discount this person’s experience. I don’t think trans activists should abandon one of their own just because her reasoning does not fit some acceptable standard.