I am a woman…I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete. I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination I have endured.

I returned to MSNBC today to discuss ENDA and the progress of pushing forward equality beyond just marriage for LGBT people. Thomas Roberts as always was a pleasure, and I got the chance to meet Melissa Harris-Perry in the makeup room!

Repugnance is a common theme in the trans-people-as-jokes canon. But more prevalent is the element of deceit. Time and again in both comedic and dramatic films, transgender people are cast as deviant tricksters out to fool innocent victims into sleeping with them. This narrative plays upon two of America’s deepest fears: sexual vulnerability and humiliation.