The real world brooklyn who is dating

26 Dec
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Katelynn Cusanelli, who some may remember from MTV's "The Real World: Brooklyn" as the first (and only) openly transgender person in the show's twenty year history, and as an activist and lecturer in the LGBTQ community who has worked to raise awareness regarding HIV & AIDS, participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, a user-driven content aggregation site, yesterday afternoon.

link An umbrella queer subreddit, with a relatively strict moderation policy-- "This subreddit is by and for Gender and Sexual Minorities, and respect for our diversity and experiences is paramount.

Many months ago, our friend Nate “Igor” Smith photographed the Real World Brooklyn cast. First impression: The go-to BFF/caretaker for everyone in the house.

Some have been shortened, mainly because we're not sure how many readers are as well-versed about Dungeons & Dragons and role playing video games as Cusanelli is.

You can see the entire delightfully nerdtastic AMA here. The "Real World" affected my life in mostly positive ways, though it has made it very difficult to get a job (try explaining to your employer why you drunkenly slid down a support column in Gettysburg) and it has all but ruined my love life, heh....

Association with MTV puts her that much closer to touring as one of Justin Timberlake’s future fake-blowjob-giving backup dancers. Scary awful secret: Suffers from severe panic attacks. Relationship Status: Newly single and ready to mingle, ya’ll. Relationship Status: Currently in his first-ever relationship! First impression: Please put away the pink hair dye, Ms. Katie Holmes never rocked that shit on Dawson’s, and neither should you.

First impression: We feel a Jesse Spano meltdown coming on! Auditioned: Because “I wanted to make Chet a household name.”Scary awful secret: His family is worried he’ll be portrayed as a “Mormon gone bad.”First impression: Looks like he escaped from a Heatherette fashion show, or desperately wants to have an androgynous bang-fest with Agyness Deyn (if he had premarital sex, or drank, which he doesn’t, hahah). Name: Sarah Age: 22Relationship Status: Is with her first-ever boyfriend (her mom set them up! Auditioned: Because “the line was short.”Scary awful secret: Got drunk in a tattoo shop once.

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Response: I like to think I am "passable" (I loathe that term, and I believe the younger Transwomen call it "trapping" but I'm no fan of that phrase either, as it is entirely pejorative while being flattering at the same time, heh), and when I date I like to let the person get to know me before I come out as transgender. Scary awful secret: His abusive father was unsupportive of his homosexuality. Auditioned: Because he watched previous seasons where the cast members “left as a family,” and wanted that, too. Doesn’t he know MTV carefully engineered those moments to keep this crazy train on track?!We used his candids to make guesses about these fine youth-culture representatives–and as happens with complete speculation, the details were a little off. Kinda over, even before he gets into the house: “I think we’ll stay together. The dude Name: Devyn Age: 20Relationship Status: “It is easier to get into Heaven than into Devyn.” OMG please no. Working for the audience before we even know Name: Katelynn Age: 24Religion: Religious.So we asked Sharon Steel to watch the first episode last night to set the record straight. Name: Baya Age: 21Religion: Not a Mormon, but grew up surrounded by them. As long as I don’t fuck it up.”First impression: Is about to jam-pack four years of COLLEGE! Auditioned: Because she wants to be there to make fun of people during those moments when they’re going batshit insane with neck veins popping out and peeing on each other and weeping, and we, on the other side of the idiot box, are going “Ho-hum, that is voraciously stupid, why are we watching this? Relationship Status: In a relationship with some dude she thinks she’ll marry.