Transgender characters in romance books? How far have we come in our ‘open-minded’ society to include these individuals? I personally have not read many books nor seen many movies (that are fictional based) about transgender men and women. They are out there- mostly in the indie film circuit and European films. This got me thinking- which I do too much of. Why not?
Delanie Desmond. Delanie who used to be Dexter, was a family man with children,
now having completed the transition from man to woman, is no longer married.
Delanie first appears in Living Dangerously. She is the land-lady for my
cross-dressing character Andy Hornsby AKA Anita Honey.
the first book we overhear Delanie’s struggle to continue her surgeries by
asking her mother for money. We come to learn Delanie, or ‘Lanie’ is still very
insecure and struggling with her life as a woman. And seeing a man, Andy,
become a woman so easily simply by wearing make-up and a mini skirt, does not
make Delanie happy.
character touched my heart so much, I brought her back in Taking Ryan. After
Andy moves out, Ryan Davis moves into the same home Delanie rents out: her
space on a couch in a den. Ryan is the opposite of Andy, so Delanie’s guard
becomes let down and she and Ryan develop a close relationship. Close enough
for the two housemates to share some of their intimate fears. Delanie begins to
gain confidence with Ryan’s kind reassurance, and even ventures out on a date.
suppose my goal, as in all my novels, is to remove the mystique, the negative
images, and the lack of compassion for all individuals who don’t fit society’s
strict ‘norm’. Since in reality, none of us do.
are all frail, and need love and understanding.
Desmond begins to flourish by the end of Taking Ryan, because the young man has
showed her compassion. Wouldn’t it be nice if my novels weren’t fiction, and
people who are transgender or gay could simply be loved and accepted as the
unique individual they are.
Delanie! We are all routing for your happiness!
you, Carson for allowing me to share my views on your blog.
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