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janeyolen
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(5/25/07 3:22 pm)


Re: Traditional tales with gay or lesbian characters
The one transgendered tale I ever used in a collection (see GRAY HEROES) was an Innuit story, in which a grandmother and her granddaughter leave the village under a cloud. They set off for a far, lonely place. The grandmother turns her vagina into a sled and makes herself into a man and a hunter, impregnates her granddaughter, but when a "REAL" man comes along and take the granddaughter away, she turns herself back into a woman. It's a bizarre and sad story actually. As a woman she is a powerful shaman. As a man. . .only a man.

I can see that there might be hints of female homosexuality in the story of the girl dancing with the wood fairy, though when I retold it, I didn't use them because it would have smacked of child molestation (in an anthology of dance stories coming out some time in the next two years.)

Women dressing like men are all over the place. (Several in my NOT ONE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS actually.) Rarer are the men- dressing-as-women stories, though in certain Native American tribes there are actual groups of such men, and they are considered holy. There is a Scandanavian story about Thor (I think) dressing as a woman.

Hope this helps.

Jane

agathajun
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(5/29/07 2:24 am)


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Thank you Jane, I knew I'd read something Inuity somewhere but would never have remembered.

Wonderlicious
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(6/26/07 7:10 am)


Re: Traditional tales with gay or lesbian characters
I have a transgender character, not from a traditional fairy-tale, rather one of the fairy-tale fantasy genre (which I believe should be a genre of note when writing a thesis on fairy-tales)...L.Frank Baum's "The Land of Oz" (1904), which was the first of the sequels to "The Wizard of Oz" (1900), contains a character called Tip, who is discovered to have been transformed from the lost Princess Ozma into a young boy. At the end of the novel, Tip is restored to his true state as a girl.

Edited by: Wonderlicious at: 6/26/07 7:34 am

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