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Candis Cayne offers up a history of crossdressing and genderbending in TV and film over at Elle (yes, Elle!!), from I Love Lucy to Ugly Betty and much more. Here’s what Elle has to say:
Dirty Sexy Money has captured audiences this season with a heady mix of politics, riches, and between-the-sheets action. But its most notable draw has been the presence of Carmelita, a transgender character who one-ups Ugly Betty’s foray into blurry sex lines courtesy of Candis Cayne, nee Brendan McDaniel?a true life transgender who is breaking barriers in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. “When the role first came along, I thought ‘My life, my career, me me me,’ and then I realized, this is so much bigger than me,” Cayne said. “There have been a lot of other transgender people in the other arts, but never on a network show.” Cayne herself is at the forefront of a recent gender-bending trend, starting with last year’s Transamerica, continuing with Rebecca Romijn’s Alexis Meade character (one of the first transgenders on television, but still played by a woman) and leading up to a general pop culture attitude that is not just tolerant, but of open heart and mind. Here, Cayne shares with us some of the most enlightened moments in drag queens, androgyny, and the thin line between boy and girl. .