"Im so upset right now, I cant stop crying. My heart truly hurts. I need people to understand that I KNOW I was born male and not ashamed of it. I wouldn't of cared if they said I was born male or USED TO BE male. By calling me a 'MAN' promotes ignorance and makes it ok to call transgender women, men. PEOPLE GET BULLIED, BEAT UP, AND KILLED FOR BEING TRANS BECAUSE OF THIS IGNORANCE! There was a time it was like that for gay people, even for some ethnic groups. Its not ok to call a gay person a fag, its not ok to call a spanish person a spic, its not ok to call a black person a nigger. THIS IS THE SAME TYPE OF THING. I made it VERY clear to the producers on how to use the correct wording before agreeing to filming this but instead they chose to poke fun and be disrespectful. Thats not what Im about! Please voice your opinion." -Carmen Carrera
Just because someone was born with male genitalia doesn't mean they identify with being a MAN. In my opinion, the word male means that the person was born with male genitalia or still has male genitalia even though that person wants a sex change. A MAN is someone who mentally identifies with social born-male characteristics. A person could be born with a mentally WOMAN brain but still has male-genitalia.
It is NOT okay to think it's funny to call someone who identifies themselves as a WOMAN, a MAN. I can't believe a network such as TLC thought it would be okay to even allow the entertainers on their shows to make such remarks. It is quite obvious to me that they do not even consider the struggle that many transgender people go through to just even express themselves. A person who has to go against their own birth in order to express themselves is extremely BRAVE. A person who is brave isn't a person with a lack of fear but a person who is afraid yet still continues to move forward despite their fear! To call someone a rude name stomps on their journey, their struggle and their identity. That's not okay. That's not funny. That's like saying "so what" on someone's life.
Carmen Carrera has opened doors for the LGBT community by continuing with her journey, expressing herself and her voice when there are still people out there who would kill her if they got a chance. She will always continue to inspire others. The fact alone that she is going out of her way to educate others and express herself while receiving such hateful words is incredible. It is so incredible that it deserves the top most respect.