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Internet fakes: "transkids"

After completing computer forensics on the boy2woman.com fakery, let's examine the "transkids" movement. Similar investigations by our team in the past have led to the demise of Changez Le Monde and other bogus sites by people claiming to represent young transsexual women.

Most of these sites are by pathetic kooks, trolls, and wannabes, but a few are run by scam artists looking to make money by pretending to be transwomen, or in worst case, sexual predators hoping to gain the trust of young women in our community.

Why fakes are a problem

My concern is that supposedly scientific "experts" like J. Michael Bailey and Anne Lawrence are such poor researchers that it’s unlikely they will verify sources or retract fabrications if the source says something they want to hear. I’d hate to see biographical fabrications become part of Lawrence’s published “narratives” about sexuality in the community (like the “Kate Cartmell” essay featured on annelawrence. com). Ironically, one of the "transkids" insists the Cartmell essay is a fake.

Both Bailey and Lawrence had links to the "transkids" site within minutes after the site went live on 14 December 2004. They have respectively proclaimed it "thrilling" and "marvelous."

Cast of characters on "transkids.us"

"Alejandra/Suki"

I have previously discussed a troll using the name "Stephanie Alejandra Velasquez" online. As with many online kooks and trolls, this persona is fond of sockpuppets and hangs out on an "autogynephilia" group moderated by Lisanne Anderson aka "Lori Anjou".

On that group, "Alejandra" claims to be a poor widdle down and out Latina "transkid" who had it real tough when she transitioned 30 years ago.

Compare the Asian persona this allegedly Latina/Native American “transkid” named “Alejandra” created on this same account:

Note that “Suki” even praises “Alejandra.”

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/autogynephiliasupport/message/4231

Message 4231
From:   "aishiteru1961" < aishiteru1961@y... >
Date:   Tue Nov 9, 2004  2:51 pm
Subject:   Introduction

Hello. I have been reading AGP-support since June of this year with great interest. I am a 42 year old Japanese transsexual woman raised in Japan, southeast asia and the USA - I transitioned and had surgery here in the early 80s with my parents blessing. I have only met and socialized with primary transsexuals or homosexual transsexuals myself though I am not really completely like them at all. I believe my transsexuality was motivated by autogynephilia so extreme that I had no attracion to women at all. Because I passed easily and transitioned young at 19, I originally believed I was like the HS transsexuals of SE Asia with whom I have often been friends - with the advantage of wealthy parents and good education. The more I learned of myself and of them however the more I came to understand that there is a profound difference. Now I understand those differences in terms of Dr. Blanchard's theories. I have been particularly moved by the insights of several writers here, primarily Kendra and Alejandra Velasquez.

I believe that AG is tremendously variable in contrast to homosexual transsexuality. It is such a peculiar form of sexuality that it places severe spiritual and emotional tests on our development as humans. I believe from observing American autogynephilic transsexuals that many, possibly most, do not do a particularly noble job of coping with that challenge.

Suki

Below is a note sent in response to Kendra Blewitt (in italics). Here, "Suki" talks about how she misses "Alejandra" and finds honesty admirable.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/autogynephiliasupport/message/4272

Message 4272 of 4885
From:   "aishiteru1961" < aishiteru1961@y... >
Date:   Mon Nov 15, 2004  10:46 am
Subject:   Re: Introduction

Hi Kendra,

Thanks for the compliment. It is a pity that Alejandra no longer posts here. I miss her.

I also. However Ican understand why she and her friends left.

I believe that AG is tremendously variable in contrast to homosexual transsexuality.
I agree.

I must admit I envy them sometimes as their group is very alike in many ways. If you are a different form of AGP however you will have very few people in the world to relate to on the subject, if you ever come to an internal understanding of yourself.

It is such a peculiar form of sexuality that it places severe spiritual and emotional tests on our development as humans. I believe from observing American autogynephilic transsexuals that many, possibly most, do not do a particularly noble job of coping with that challenge.
True, they are almost all in deep denial about it. I don't know why. Yes, I would like to have a female brain too. But I would rather be honest.

Your honesty is admirable.

Your English is very good, Suki. The two languages are so different that this is an admirable accomplishment. There is no way in the world that I could learn Japanese.

Oh, English is the second language to many people in Asia and especially Japan. I went to school in England and the United States. One of my primary interests is linguistics btw - I have worked as a translator.

Suki

Finally, we have this note that came out shortly after the transkids site went live. Apparently "Alejandra" forgot to change screen names and posted as "Suki". I am sure it's difficult to keep all those sockpuppets straight, especially when you are an unstable kook and suddenly become agitated as "Alejandra" does below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/autogynephiliasupport/message/4420

Message 4420
From:   "aishiteru1961" < aishiteru1961@y... >
Date:   Sat Dec 18, 2004  6:48 pm
Subject:   omg this is pathetic

This is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. I had no idea they were going to go this nuts.

"The Evil Man" ... is the guy we bought our web site from who owns a small ISP and sells used computers and websites to local bands, bookstores... and us. He's very sweet and hires GLBT folks at his shop. The "evil Arizona Connection" is um, Godaddy.com where people buy domains from??? I thought these people knew about this stuff it's ridiculous for me to have to explain.

Kiira Triea... the Kiira in like 5 books about intersex, one of the 3 founders of ISNA and also interviewed in Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. It's uh... it's really just a bit of a stretch to make her out to be a evil chaser since she's been doing support work for 12 years for intersex and ts people.

There's me, who several people know in 3D and phone, and Alex, Gogo and Inoue... age 19 to 22.

Want to see why no one wants their personal info on our website? Look at the behavior of these people.

I see what the problem is here - these people are looking into their worst nightmare... having their disgusting behavior still more documented.

Alejandra Velasquez

"Kiira Triea/Denise Tree"

This Baltimore-based computer technician worked at Johns Hopkins for many years, and also claims to have been treated there in the 1970s as an adolescent for an intersex condition.

This ancient netkook introduced the world to her friend "Alejandra/Suki" under the name "Deni" in 1998. Since then, the stories spun about Kiira's many "friends" get more and more elaborate.

In 2004, after being kicked off several newsgroups for trolling, Kiira/"Alejandra" and the new "transkids" put up a site at transkids.us. The site is hosted by Kiira's employer, Paul Moscatt.

A casual observer would think that the "transkids" movement is about kids, when in fact, the main person involved is actually in her mid-40s. She's a poor man's Laura Albert, another 40-something wannabe rocker who fabricated notorious "transkid" JT LeRoy.

Stay tuned for more/your help needed!

Readers have sent information on Alex, Gogo, and Inoue, the other "transkids." If you have received an email, attachment or photo from someone using these names in 2004 or earlier, please forward it to me for analysis by our investigators. We need to vector and expose this kind of online fakery before someone takes them seriously.

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