Monday, October 31, 2005

Gender Bending 101

I'm hooked on Sundance Channel's new reality show "TransGeneration," which follows a year in the lives of four transgendered college kids at four different universities around the country.

I don't know about you, but it's pretty hard to shock me in this day and age, especially with lame reality TV. But there's something truly wondrous and awe-inspiring about peeking into the world of four people whose lives are so different from your own. You're quickly reminded of the things you take for granted.

Raci is a male-to-female (MTF) and is my favorite. In addition to being transgendered, she is also dealing with the challenges of being poor and hearing-impaired. The girl has a smile that could break your heart. The show also features another MTF, Gabrielle, who's completely self-absorbed and can think of nothing except her impending sex reassignment surgery; and two female-to-males (FTMs), Lucas, who is a sweetheart but finds himself in the awkward position of transitioning at an all-women's college; and T.J., whose family in Cyprus does not approve of his life-altering decision.

The show is thoughtfully produced, well-edited and highly addictive. Check it out Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

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