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One Small Step for TV, One Giant Leap for Trannies It's official. Being a trannie is the new black. Amongst the 'girls' who will compete in the upcoming cycle of America's Next Top Model is twenty-two year old Isis, who has a little something extra going on betwixt her skyscraper legs. Between this and I Want To Work For Diddy superstar Laverne, it seems that this whole shemale biznass is a documented trend.The question is, what confluence of events has given rise to the new pop culture tolerance? I'm all for it, but I'm perplexed as to why trannies have reached critical mass now as opposed to, say, when Priscilla Queen of the Desert or To Wong Foo came out. Granted, the ladies featured in said films were not run of the mill, they were drag queens. But what about Transamerica? Or Christ, what about Tootsie, the OT (original trannie) of all OT's? Do we have Christian Siriano to thank for introducing the trannie into the national lexicon and subsequently the rest of pop culture?

Whatever the case, I'm glad. This is the kind of thing that won't be a big deal in a year or so, like how lesbian kisses were soooo controversial back in the day but now nary a prime time show can make it through a season without showing some form of same-sex making out. The real question is whether Isis, with her long, lean frame and high metabolism, has an unfair edge on the other models in the competition? And whether her need for 'tucking' and the presence of an Adam's apple negates that edge . . . Stay tuned!

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