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By Daniel Jeon Brandon Teena was born Teena Renae Brandon in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1972.Brandon was born a female but was described as a tomboy since early childhood.
Anything aside and out of the binary sexual identification was “invisible, impossible, deviant, and/or deceitful” (Eileraas).The authorities also treated Brandon poorly by asking him crude and unnecessary questions.Instead of interviewing Brandon, Sheriff Laux’s questions probed Brandon’s gender identity by asking why Brandon interacted more with females than males.it’s a person who has both girl and boy parts” (Movie Transcript).In a more definitive way, he clearly projected himself as simply a male, with “sex reassignment surgery” being his “ultimate goal” (Eileraas).Brandon Teena seemed to be gender non-conforming in more than one way.
For one, despite being born a female, he seemed to describe himself as a hermaphrodite: an individual with both male and female reproductive organs.
The ex-convicts forcibly confronted Brandon to get the truth.
When it was revealed that Brandon was a female, Lotter and Nissen forced Brandon to a secluded area and raped him.
In the movie Boys Don’t Cry, Lana Tisdel visits Brandon in jail.
Brandon explains that it “sounds a lot more complicated than it is” and ultimately confesses “I’m a hermaphrodite…
Furthermore, following his murder, media coverage of Brandon’s death completely tarnished any dignity and respect that he had.