Ask a Porn Star: Hormones and the mainstream

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In Which Super Sexy Porn People Answer Questions --each week-- From Bay Area Locals. View the last installment here.

By Justin Juul

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Fielding your questions this month is AVN’s current “Transsexual Performer of The Year,” Wendy Williams.

Jason W: Will you have to take hormones the rest of your life?
Williams: Yes, unfortunately, if you don’t keep putting female hormones in your body, you’ll start to produce testosterone and that never goes away. It sucks because it’s extremely expensive and you’re never going to be able to finish. If you’re a transsexual you are “in transition” your entire life. Like…I’ve had many surgeries and there are many more I’d like to have. And I’ll be doing hormone replacement forever. But it’s all upkeep. All women have to pay for that and it’s totally worth it. One shitty thing is that insurance won’t cover any of it, but I’m not complaining. There are many other basic human rights issues in our society that need to be dealt with before we work on transsexual stuff.

SFBG: What advice would you give a young person thinking of transitioning?

Williams: I would stress doing everything by the book. You should only go to licensed doctors and physicians. And no illegal hormones! Um…don’t go to Mexico and get an illegal surgery. Also, anyone who’s considering doing this needs to be absolutely sure they want it…and that they’re doing it for the right reasons. You don’t want to get halfway done with this type of thing and then decided you’d rather not finish. There is no going back and it’s best you keep that in your head at all times. All the medicine is just really hard on your body and mind so make sure you’re getting the right stuff from good people. I know a ton of people who have tried to cut costs and the results are never good. And the same goes for people who do it for the wrong reasons. Don’t do it for a guy or for your career. Do it for yourself.

Elan F: What was your favorite film?
Williams: Hmmm. That’s a hard one. I think my favorite film would have to be “Rogue Adventures 24” because Joey Silvera is such an icon in our industry. He’s the person credited for bringing transsexual porn to the “mainstream,” and I really enjoyed being a part of that effort. Working with him was just an amazing experience. Stunning.

SFBG: So…is it easier to be a transsexual in porn star now that the genre is more mainstream?
Williams: Well, it’s probably never going to be easy, but the genre is evolving. It’s much more common to see transsexuals these days and that’s a good thing. We still have a lot of stereotypes to deal with, but it’s getting a little better. I’d really like to see all the “I Sucked my Aunt’s Dick” titles go away, but that type of thing will probably be around for a while.

SFBG: What are you going to do after porn?
Williams: Well, like I said earlier, I’m always going to be involved in porn. When I’m done acting, I’ll direct and produce. Sometimes I think about stopping, but I’ve always come back to porn and I probably always will.