I posted this as a blog, but I thought you might be able to help me...
I try to stay current in my Stupid Boy stories. My main editor helps me out with this kind of stuff. He suggested that I need a transgender character. I looked into it and I'm confused.
First off, how do I write about a character like this? How do you refer to them? I mean part of the time they would be a he and then when they dressed as a girl I would probably say she, but would that confuse the reader? Is there a transgender word for he/she. My first instinct was to use he/she, but I was informed I would probably offend a lot of people, I mean like everyone. I really try to be enlightened and figure to each his own, but I need some guidance on this.
I was sent to read about Bruce Jenner. He/she was introduced in an article as Caitlyn Marie Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. Does that mean that the character just switches names at some point, and is never referred by their old name? Is it a permanent change? Would readers be confused if I suddenly changed Wolf to Betty? I think the best solution might be to choose Kelly and have him use Kelly as his girl name ... but I already have a girl Kelly!
That brings up another issue. Who should become transgender? If I follow real life then David's dad should be the choice. I saw where Caitlyn/Bruce won awards for being brave. Maybe his dad could win some kind of father of the year award, but would he qualify for that? Would he still be David's father? I would think so, but I don't want to assume anything.
Other choices would be one of the gay characters, because I would assume you would have to be somewhat gay to dress up like a woman all the time. Or is that even true? Should I pick a straight character for shock value? One of my editors suggested Tracy. Are there transgender women?
I should probably just stop now and ask everyone to email me and give me advice on how I should go about doing this. Also, if you could, tell me who should be my transgender character and why. I want to thank everyone for their help in advance.
Edit: Happy April Fools Day!
I really do need serious help! I think I went off my meds today... have a great day!