'Cake Boss' Features Carmen Carrera, Transgender Star Says She Was Butt Of Transphobic Joke

Huffington Post
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June 12, 2012

Last night's episode of TLC's reality television show "Cake Boss" featured transgender star Carmen Carrera in what she thought would be a positive moment of visibility for the trans community.

But after being part of what is being termed a transphobic prank, the show's producers are facing outrage and a petition demanding that the transgender community receive an apology.

Carrera, best known for appearing on the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has been a strong advocate for transgender rights since she came out as transgender on an episode of ABC's "What Would You Do" earlier this year.

When she agreed to appear on "Cake Boss," she did so "to promote EQUALITY" and show "transgender women are just as beautiful as biological woman and should be respected for that," she wrote on her Facebook fan page.