'SURPRISE! WE GAVE YOU A TRANNY.'

01.07.10 9 years ago 24 Comments

In this morning’s links, I noted that one of the five women on Tuesday night’s “Conveyor Belt of Love,” Jennifer Gehrt, was another struggling actress likely appearing on a reality show for the exposure. But far, far more interesting than her reason for being on the show is the guy she initially chose to be her date (before later trading him in for another). A Warming Glow reader emailed me this:

On Conveyor Belt of love there is a contestant named Scott that [Jen] briefly chooses… The funny thing about Scott is that he was in my graduating class on 1998 except her name was Katie Kilborn. Thats right, dude used to be a girl.

WOW. I watched “Conveyor” on Tuesday, and I specifically remember Scott as being an effeminate man. Even better, he described his job touring the country and talking to college campuses about masculinity and how to be different from macho stereotypes, which he does with an artistic performance called — for real — “Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps.” (No offense, Scott, but I think I can skip a couple of your steps.) Watch for yourself:

That clip is fascinating to me — the way that Scott tightropes the line between honesty and obfuscation about his gender. And fascinating gets fascinating-er when you read the Atlanta Creative Loafing profile on Scott’s journey from Katie the butch lesbian to Scott the heterosexual male (minus external genitalia). It’s a long but worthwhile read.

Without slipping into the simple transsexual jokes — I’ll leave those to David Letterman — I have to wonder how much ABC knew about Scott going into the show. Did they know he used to be a woman (and still is, according to his driver’s license)? Given Jennifer’s background as an actress, how likely is it that producers encouraged her to pick Scott? And if ABC didn’t know about Scott’s transsexuality, should they have? Just how much of a background check does a network owe reality dating show contestants? Does any of this even matter?

Whatever, man. The only way this could possibly be cooler is if Jen had kept Scott. Reality TV needs more tranny reveals.

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