Over the weekend groundbreaking America's Next Top Model contestant Isis King appeared on Larry King Live to discuss her transition from male to female on a show titled 'The Secret Life of Transgenders'. King caused a media firestorm as the first pre-op transsexual to appear on the popular modeling competition.
Sitting in for Larry King was sex therapist Dr. Drew. Also on the panel were celebrity trans woman Alexis Arquette, first elected trans mayor Stu Rasmussen of Silverton,Oregon, and Ryan Sallans, a female to male transsexual. .
King spent most of her on- air time attempting to explain why she prefers the term "born in the wrong body" versus transgender.
"Well actually I prefer woman because that's what I identify myself as", says King. But as far as the whole transition I prefer born in the wrong body because I was a woman who was born in the body of a male. As far as the term transsexual I totally don't prefer at all".
It's a shame King wasn't able to clearly articulate her views during her appearance on Larry King Live. The transgender community suffers from such a lack of understanding and is even marginalized within the gay community. Very few people even know how to address trans men and women appropriately during conversations and the media definitely lacks training when it comes to reporting on trans issues.
Get into the full Larry King Live episode below. Isis King's segment begins around the 11:00 mark.