In Sunday’s Flair section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the newspaper profiled an Ashland man that now lives his life as a woman – complete with goatee.
Ken Hale married his middle-school sweetheart Gina and the couple raised two kids together. Ken tells the Times-Dispatch, he can finally be who he really is and wears feminine clothing in public and with his wife’s acceptance, she often wears the same.
“I couldn’t let anybody know,” he said, referring to the many years he spent hiding his feelings and his desires to be a woman. Despite the clothes and the jewelry and the high heels, though, Hale keeps a meticulous goatee, a curious characteristic that reminds him every day just how far he is from what he truly wants.
“I want to be the most beautiful girl in the world,” he said softly. “If I could have one wish in the world, that would be it — (that) I could turn every guy’s head.”
This is Ken Hale, native Ashlander, husband of 35 years and father of two grown children, in his most honest form.
“I feel like I’m finally expressing myself the way I’ve always wanted to,” he said.
Commenters on the site say the couple seeks attention and suggest Hale isn’t an accurate representation of most trangender individuals. What’s your perception of gender identity? What are your thoughts on the article?