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But presenting as female at work and male while off the clock took its toll, particularly because he lived at the brothel, which had a lockdown policy. “You arrive, you get tested [for] STIs], and then you cannot leave the premises,” Hughes told them.

So the brothel can legally imprison its "workers"? Does this rule apply to the bouncers and the cashier/pimp as well? Or are only the prostitutes expected to be trapped inside the rape den 24/7?

Eventually, his relationship with management grew strained, and he felt increasingly uncomfortable continuing to work at the brothel. Finally, he left and was faced with a choice: Continue working legally as “Bunnie” in another brothel — or work illegally as Braden, because no brothels at the time were hiring trans guys.

Isn't it illegal to discriminate based on trans status and/or gender? Why not sue the brothel(s)?

Its telling that a brothel can throw trans people out, but a womans rape crisis center or a woman's spa cannot.

It was a difficult decision. “Brothels protect us from the cops,” said Hughes. “If I were to be arrested, I would probably be sexually assaulted by a cop, either for being a sex worker or for being trans.”

Or maybe its because you're female? Rapists don't care about your man feels. Just ask Teena Brandon....

as far as I and other sex historians know — the first legal trans male sex worker in the modern history of the United States.

TIMs break records as athletes, government officials, billionaire directors, etc. TIFs like her get to be the first trans-man to be raped for pay in Nevada.

Bible-thumping Republicans are all sleeping with us, let there be no illusion about that.

Yeah. Republicans can be rapists, too. We already knew that!

Since 2013, there have been a handful of legal trans female sex workers in Nevada, but no out trans woman appears to have succeeded

Yeah. Because straight men won't pay to fuck another man

Hughes knew very little about the brothel industry when he started in October 2016. He was surprised to discover that brothels can take upward of 80% of fees charged to clients — and that he had to pay for his own STD tests, Sheriff’s card, and daily rent.

BUT IT'S SO EMPOWERING!!!!

A short while later, Hughes wanted to begin medically transitioning. But he needed approval from the brothel’s owner, Ken Greene, if he wanted to continue working at the Chicken Ranch while doing so. During Greene’s long tenure at Chicken Ranch, the brothel, like its counterparts, had largely ignored cultural shifts around gender. But what Greene said surprised Hughes.

Again, if this were ANY OTHER WORKPLACE, TRAs would be enraged that an employer had to approve an employee's medical decisions (and could fire them for transitioning). But modern wokies aren't allowed to criticize sex work. So this shit is permitted

"If Braden proves that he could make an enormous amount of money as a trans man, then maybe that's literally the floodgate that opens.”

Oh joy!! A whole new class of vulnerable females that can be trafficked, exploited, and raped for pay!!!! So progressive!!!!!

The brothel also removed Hughes from the lineup, so that he wouldn’t have to interact with anti-LGBTQ+ clients. He was made available by appointment only — and he welcomed this change. "I fucking hate the lineups,” he said. “They’re a meat market.”

Translation: "Its okay for those cis b!tches to be subjected to the degrading meat market!! But I am a man now!! So I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect!!!"

"As a trans person, would you rather be forced to crossdress for the public to spit on you? Or would you rather be paid a lot of money to get spit on?” he told them.

Why isn't "neither" an option!?

Several clients who are depressed have told him that after a session with him, they’ve found “meaning and value in life.” It is clients like these who make Hughes love his job.

Who knew that paying to rape a stranger can cure depression AND help you find meaning in life! No wonder so many men do it!

'Its telling that a brothel can throw trans people out, but a womans rape crisis center or a woman's spa cannot.'

Wow. Great observation.

Similar to how the only subreddits that are allowed to specify “cis women only” are porn subs, subreddits for lesbians or women’s health issues who specify they’re for natal females only get banned.

But porn is fine. Because reasons.

This is so fucking sad and infuriating. Just awful. Sometimes it is hard to go on knowing that the world is this way. All those pimps and Johns need to go away FOREVER.

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So the brothel can legally imprison its "workers"? Does this rule apply to the bouncers and the cashier/pimp as well? Or are only the prostitutes expected to be trapped inside the rape den 24/7?

No, it's probably "if you leave, you're fired." They can't force anyone to stay, but then they lose their job.

No, it's probably "if you leave, you're fired." They can't force anyone to stay, but then they lose their job

For someone who is impoverished and desperate, that's essentially the same as forcing them to stay.

Lots of workers are at high risk of catching COVID on the job. That doesn't make it ethical for an employer to make that kind of demand. If any other employer pulled this shit, they'd be dragged by the media.

Isn't it just so great how all these trans women get news about being the best 'female' CEO, athlete etc while our trans men with their 'male privilege' have to stick to being sex workers?

A female prostitute. How groundbreaking.

The brothel also removed Hughes from the lineup, so that he wouldn’t have to interact with anti-LGBTQ+ clients. He was made available by appointment only — and he welcomed this change.

Yeah, no shit. A bunch of working-class men looking for a prostitute are expecting to see women who haven't been on testosterone or cut off their breasts. Of course I'm sure their shock or disappointment counts as "anti-LGBTQ+" in the author's eyes.

The entire article just reinforces over and over the importance of biological sex when it comes to sex. No wonder Hughes has to be secluded from all the other prostitutes. The last place a man wants to run into wokeness is at a fucking brothel.

I'm 100% sure some men have some fetish for mutilated women.

In Nelly Arcan's "À Ciel Ouvert", a deeply troubling novel, the male character she mainly interacts with is obsessed with women who've had some sort of surgery. He wants to fuck her because she has had a breast augmentation and has scars, and there is something else pretty fucked up that a woman does to get him back after he dumps her.

Arcan wrote autofiction and was a prostitute for part of her life. I have no doubt that she'd encountered such a guy IRL.

I'm 100% sure some men have some fetish for mutilated women.

I guess you never had the misfortune to lay your eyes on amputee porn.

Appointment? Does this person not become disturbed knowing these men view her as a sick freak to fetishize? That seems so insulting to me

I suppose by this point she's become accustomed to being fetishized. That's what prostitution in general is about. It probably doesn't phase her, at least not consciously.

It's sad because we're the same age, and I could have ended up in her place if my childhood had been like hers. We were both GNC kids, but I had an accepting family and she didn't.

Some of his clients are men who are questioning their sexuality. “Because I don't have a giant schlong, I think I'm a little bit easier for them [to handle],” he joked. Sometimes after a session, a client will tell him, “Turns out I’m very gay.”

Um, no, fucking a gender non conforming woman does not make a man gay. This woman still looks very much like a woman to me, and as a gnc woman this is offensive as fuck. Having short hair and being gnc doesn't mean I'm a man nor does it make my husband gay That is not how homosexuality works.

But, I don't find it at all surprising that the more she gets into prostitution, the more she seems to dissociate from her body and the less she wants to he a woman.

True, but few heterosexual men will want a woman whose breasts have been removed and whose chest has been sculpted to resemble a male one. The rest of her body has also been masculinized by testosterone. These men are probably bi-curious and see Hughes as a "safe" way to experiment because she's not actually male. If she still appeared to them as an actual GNC woman, there would be no draw.

few heterosexual men will want a woman whose breasts have been removed

I think there's quite a few destransitioners who are in this boat an do have boyfriends, doesn't Watson have a boyfriend?

The rest of her body has also been masculinized by testosterone

No amount of testosterone will turn her into a man, and based on the pics I've seen she doesn't even pass well by tif standards. She's on insta, go have a look.

These men are probably bi-curious and see Hughes as a "safe" way to experiment because she's not actually male

If she's not a male, then they're not experimenting. She's still a woman, and clearly they know that since she is sans dick.

If she still appeared to them as an actual GNC woman

Looking at the pics, that's exactly what she looks like. I've dated women more masc looking than her that weren't even on T. Maybe that's because I was around for the "golden age" of sexuality where GNC and LGB people weren't encouraged to modify themselves with hormones and surgery, but it seems people are quickly tearing down all the progress we made back then and making those gendered boxes even more rigid than they were before.

GNC/masc looking women are not men.

I think we overall agree. I'm as GNC as they come, and my male partner is no less heterosexual for wanting to be with me.

I'm just saying that if these men are specifically drawn to the masculinization caused by testosterone, they might find Hughes a safe way to experiment precisely because it isn't gay.

As for detransitioners, I did not mean to imply that they would not be able to find straight male partners, but I do think their dating pool is more limited due to the changes they've undergone. Many straight men are going to find a masculinized female body sans breasts unappealing. I did look at Hughes' pictures and to me, it's clear that she's female, but men are often clueless.

Question: why isn’t she in a gay brothel of some sort, or gay escort agency, or whatever? Surely a place as laissez-faire about prostitution as NV would have sex work agencies for gay/bi males, right? So, why not apply for work at a place like that? Plus, she herself says she’s mostly attracted to men.

I mean, I know the answer to those questions, but it’s kind of pathetic and comical at the same time that a “queer” publication isn’t asking why this woman is being sold as just another “type” of woman, in a brothel full of women.

Yes, TIFs always make the enws for this sort pf thing while TIMs make the news For highest pay, first in a prestigious position or smashing a record

The brothel has a lockdown policy ? Seriously if I ever get hired anywhere where they require me to not leave the premises unless this means causing actual problems, I'm not working there. JFC.

I couldn’t be more enraged by this article as i am now. And geez, she’s dumb as fuck

Help me out here -- are we supposed to be cheering on the empowerment or the equality here?

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