Thursday, March 20, 2014

Geena Rocero

Supermodel speaking at TED. Hmm.  Slightly puzzling choice. After a fashion photo in a bikini came the big reveal.  Geena started life identified as a male.  One atttendee I talked to said she was not surprised.  Everyone else I spoke to was gobsmacked like me. Eye opening to hear of her personal journey from the Philippines through an operation in Thailand to a new gender identity in the US.

 I sat next to her at one session, and I know I still wouldn't have guessed her story. I've had friends who were gay or lesbian for years, but I had never even met a transgender person. TED is always broadening my horizons, and sometimes taking me out of my comfort zone.

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