Trans-Sister Radio Essay

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Trans-Sister Radio is about a newly divorced schoolteacher, Allison Banks, who falls in love with the man who teaches a summer course in which she attends. Dana Stevens, the professor she loves, is not exactly what he seems from the outside; this well-manicured, gentle-faced man is in actuality a woman and he is facing an upcoming sex change. Allison's daughter Carly and her ex-husband, Will, try to deal with her new “beau” as best they can. Also it defines the struggles Dana has gone through with his “social issue” but also the struggle to tell Allison, the one he loves, and hopes she can see him as who he truly is- a woman. The story is told through 5 perspectives; Dana, Allison, Carly, Will, and VPR transcripts. Will, the president of Vermont Public Radio and Carly’s dad, - is very weary about the whole thing, he doesn’t even know what to say. Carly is a senior who just graduated and is looking forward to attending college in late August. She is dealing with her parents’ separation, college and her mom’s new squeeze- who wants a sex change. Through his perspective he has always known that he has wanted to be a woman. He liked women; he knew he was gay- but a gay woman, not a male. Growing up he states that he knew not to ask for Barbie’s, dresses’ or anything remotely girly. But behind closed doors he would put on his sisters make-up and prance around his room in a dress. Dana is in his mid thirties and a professor who has just met the girl of his dreams. Allison and Dana spend lots of time together, hiking, picnicking, and even just reading on her porch. Carly is going off to college in late August and Dana has to break the news to Allison soon after that because his surgery is coming up. Allison and Will bring Carly off to college as Dana is at home thinking of ways to break it to Allison. Meanwhile mentally Dana is preparing to pack-up and move on with his life without Allison. Well to Dana’s surprise Allison is more caring and understanding of his...
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