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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight: Giselle Renarde

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Why I Write Transgender Fiction

I know writers are never supposed to say this, but when it comes to transgender fiction I write my life.

Those who follow my blog are well aware that my wonderful girlfriend Sweet identifies as a male-to-female transsexual. For those who don’t know too much about the transgender community, that means she was born and raised a boy, but always knew in her heart of hearts that she was a girl.

It’s a lot for some to take in. One of my closest friends decided he didn’t want to associate with me as long as I was dating “that guy.” My mother’s still grappling with the idea that a person born with male genitalia could identify as female, but she’s increasingly open to ideas that used to make her uncomfortable. Ultimately, it’s about the individual’s right to self-determination. Human rights must never be denied on the basis of gender expression any more than they would be denied on the basis of gender.

My relationship with Sweet has had a huge impact on my writing. I find myself writing more and more stories involving characters who are transgender or “genderqueer.” Why write transgender romance and erotic fiction? Because a lot of people in the transgender community (my girlfriend included) express distaste for most erotica currently on the market. It’s all about “shemales” and “t-girls” and “ladyboys.” As much as I feel there’s a place in the world for every kind of artistic expression, that stuff doesn’t appeal to me either.

Erotica depicting transgender characters tends not to represent most TG people, their feelings, or their sexual behaviours accurately. Transgender people are not all prostitutes and pervs, as most erotica and society at large would have people believe. Their sexual tastes vary by individual, as in any grouping of people.

It’s important to have access to fiction that represents who we are, the kinds of lives we lead, and the relationships we form. We all want to see some facet of ourselves in the fiction we read. An element of humanity must be present in our characters. That’s one of the big reasons I continue to write romance and erotic fiction depicting transgender characters in an authentic light. Hence, stories such as “Third Rail,” “Kandinsky’s Shirt Button,” “The Travesties,” and “Red Satin,” a heartfelt holiday romance.

Now tell me, when was the last time you read a work of authentic transgender lesbian erotica?

Bright Blessings,

Giselle Renarde

2 comments:

booklover0226 said...

To answer your question, never, but since I've "discovered" you, I'll be reading a lot more.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Giselle Renarde said...

How sweet of you, Tracey. I recommend starting off with "Red Satin" which is available from Torquere Press and many other retailers. It's a Christmas romance shared by Regan and her trans friend Maisie. This work in particular showcases the joys and the fears of transitioning from male to female life.

(Not just that, but I think the e-book is only $1.29 or some ridiculously low price *smile*)

Bright Blessings,
Giselle