Tuesday, July 11, 2006

‘Trantasia’ Stars Bridge Cultural, Sexual Gaps

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When a group of statuesque, sensual beauty pageant contestants descend upon Sin City in 2004, the city’s heterosexual men are understandably interested.

But what a new, buzz-making documentary’s cameras capture is not exactly expected when mixing a large group of transgender women with hordes of partying, heterosexual men – even if it is in Las Vegas.

Trantasia tells the unlikely story of the first major transgender beauty pageant ever held. The film premiered in San Francisco earlier this year, and makes its Hollywood debut Thursday night (July 13) at Outfest.

One of the film’s most compelling characters is a statuesque, striking blonde showgirl and community activist named Maria Roman.

She says regardless of how society views “what’s between our legs, our hearts know who we are.”

As Roman explains, “I do see the world through the eyes and heart of a woman. I know that I’m not a man, that’s for sure.”

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