When I watched Season 1 of OITNB I constantly found myself putting myself in the shoes Of Sophia's wife. Sophia is a transgender woman, she was once a married man with a child. I empathized with the wife who had to deal with a husband who suddenly felt the need to become a woman and actually start to work towards achieving that dream, with surgery, hormonal pills and all. Can my love withstand that kind of challenge or will I jejely bow out? I told myself not to overthink such things, they only happen in the movies. Oh how wrong I was.
I learnt today on Laila's blog that the highest paid person in the USA is a transgender woman, who like Laverne Cox's character in OINTB is married to a woman, with kids too.
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The highest paid female business executive in the United States was born a man. Martine Rothblatt, who earns $38 million-a-year as head of United Therapeutics, was a married father-of-four before undergoing a sex change in 1994. Born into a Jewish family in San Diego, Martin trained as a lawyer at UCLA, married, had children, and went into business. Twenty years later, she has been named top in New York Magazine's list of the 200 most successful entrepreneurs - one of just 11 women in the list. She rocketed to success as a man in 1990, investing in the $19 billion digital radio industry years before any other company. Last year, the firm posted a revenue of $1.1 billion, making her the most successful businesswoman in the world's most powerful nation. Rothblatt is still married to her wife of 32 years Bina. Her children still know her as 'dad', while her grandchildren have adopted the nickname 'Grand Martine' instead of grandmother.
Can your love withstand this kind of transition?
Do you find it strange that a transgender is the highest paid business person in the United States?