8/13/08

Transgender Contestant to Compete on American's Next Top Model

This just in from UsMagazine.com...

One of the 14 girls who will compete on the new season of America's Next Top Model – which returns to The CW on September 3 – is transgender.

"My cards were dealt differently," Isis, a 22-year-old former receptionist, tells Us Weekly exclusively in its new issue, on newsstands now.

Hailing from Prince George's County, Maryland, Isis identifies herself as "a woman born physically male."

Will she be a role model?

"I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams," she tells Us.

The inclusion of Isis is being hailed by GLAAD president Neil Giuliano as "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," Giuliano said.

I would just like say that this is a huge leap for GLBTQ visibility and although this is probably going to cause some kind of crazy riot among the homophobes, I applaud Isis for being an out transgendered woman on National television. You go girl!


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5 comments:

Queers United said...

that is AWESOME!

Renee said...

Wow that takes courage but good for her! I hope that she is not swamped with trans hate and will be treated like all of the other contestants.

Mr Leigh said...

Seriously. HOT. Go Girl!

Anonymous said...

"will be treated like all of the other contestants"
heh... right. Who are you kidding? :)
Its a man!

Julie said...

I don't think Tyra Banks and co. should be praised for this decision. Well done and best of luck to Isis- way more courage than I could imagine. Tyra is only hoping for ratings and tension within the house.

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