Just three weeks after her gender-reassignment surgery in Thailand, Katelynn Cusanelli lands in New York, where she’s greeted by Scott Herman. D.’s spent a lot of time in therapy, as he has the lingo down pat and, frankly, in the first episode he comes off as kind of a prick. They do this in a cab and then they both start crying and holding each other.
(Herman shall henceforth be known as Abs, since not only did he win an award for having the best set on the East Coast, it’s his only distinguishing feature. From the get-go he realizes Katelynn is transgendered (because he you know, has eyes) and decides that what he needs to do is take her out to dinner and make her come out to him. This isn’t misty-eyed-couple-of-tears-rolling-down-your-face crying, it’s sobbing loudly while clinging to each other waterworks.
You can see the entire delightfully nerdtastic AMA here. The "Real World" affected my life in mostly positive ways, though it has made it very difficult to get a job (try explaining to your employer why you drunkenly slid down a support column in Gettysburg) and it has all but ruined my love life, heh....
As one Redditor put it, "This has been very informative for a straight dude with no transgendered friends." We have collected some highlights from the AMA below.
Some have been shortened, mainly because we're not sure how many readers are as well-versed about Dungeons & Dragons and role playing video games as Cusanelli is.
Walking into this show as a viewer, your profile is the “handsome muscle jock from Massachusetts.” A lot of people in the gay community, that image is so stereotyped.
The way that gays are stereotyped, your image is stereotyped, which is: This guy could very easily be a raging homophobe.
Bacchus told me to post this in a new thread for a fresh start, and the old thread will be locked. Real World: New York Heather’s most recent musical endeavor culminated in an album release in 2010.
She currently has a radio show titled “The Happy Hour with Heather B”.
Though she’s now got a boyfriend at home in West Palm Beach, Florida, being the first trangendered person on has to be pretty daunting, so Katelynn defuses the tension by talking about how she’s been in orgies (“polyamory” she explains to Mormon Boy, who doesn’t know what the word means) and by running around in tight pink short shorts. Also in the “Katelynn is awesome” department is the fact that she’s already blogged about her hatred of The Gothamist. ” Chet When roommate Ryan (we’re getting to him) tells Chet that J. sets off his gaydar, Chet explains off-camera that he doesn’t seem to have a gaydar and can’t tell if a person is gay or not.
This is hilarious, because Chet is obviously gay and unable to recognize it, which sounds like something we should all grab each other and sob about.
She went on: 'You taught me not to care about what other people think and you made me understand that being myself was okay.