Another facet of Starr's identity is that she's a transgender woman. Although there have been several recent strides with trans visibility in America (i.e. the success of Laverne Cox), society is still consistently disappointing when it comes to the treatment of the transgender community. Starr is presumably all too familiar with the criticism and ignorance that trans people face today. In recent years, Starr has been accused of ruining a male rapper's career simply because of photographs they took together and petty gossip. In all the interviews with Starr that I've seen, the interviewers are generally accusatory, disrespectful, inappropriate, and sometimes bigoted.
Sadly, Lenard and DJ Envy's transphobic ignorance is not original or unique. They largely represent the mindset of today's society. I'm ashamed of how so many cisgender people feel the need to delegitimize another person's gender identity and belittle those who may not live up to their strict expectations of heteronormativity. The majority of cisgender men feel threatened by Starr because they find her attractive and they're fearful of the stigma of being romantically involved with a trans person. This perpetuation of stupidity makes it seem as if being attracted to a transgender woman is like a fetish or comparable to homosexual feelings. Well, being fearful of something is not an adequate excuse for being an asshole.
Despite all of the bullshit thrown her way, Starr carries herself with grace, confidence and pride. From an outsider's perspective, she seems unafraid of adversity and determined to make are passions in life come to fruition. With a sharp tongue and a daring sense of sexual expression, Starr is unapologetically true to herself. I hope to see her success flourish in the coming year with her reality TV endeavors on VH1 (produced by Tyra Banks). Sidney, thank you for being a hero.