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“Literally just had the most amazing night talking to Tyler,” Jules, a high school junior, texts her best friend and classmate, Rue, referring to the crush she’s been messaging for weeks.
Jules texts Tyler nonstop: in class, before she falls asleep, and first thing in the morning when she awakes.
The men who contact her are “still getting lost in their own hangups.” My encounters with trans-attracted men tend to be mottled by a layer of shame.
Like Nate, aka Tyler, they withhold their real names.
As she gazes into her screen, she can’t stop smiling. But Jules’ romance on the show, which is airing the final episode of its first season on August 4, isn’t quite like other high school love stories on TV.
Jules is transgender, and her character is played by the model and actress Hunter Schafer, who is also trans.
I’ve chatted online with many boys like Shy Guy118, who are attracted to my femininity and intrigued—or explicitly turned on—by the fact that I have a dick.
After coaxing Jules into sending nudes, Nate threatens to get her charged with distributing child porn unless she stays silent about their virtual romance—and the fact that she previously slept with his dad.My trans femme looks attracted more straight guys, who hewed to a different cultural script; they tried to charm me with pickup lines and offered to take me on dates.After a long day of getting misgendered in public, I found great validation in turning on my phone to finally be treated like a lady.Then I ask him whether or other positive depictions of trans people have started coming up in his work. “Most of the guys we’ve talked with get their ongoing awareness of trans women from porn.” This doesn’t surprise me.It’s consistent with the work of trans journalist Diana Tourjée, whose stories about trans-attracted men reveal that many cite porn as an influence.