lakingsif on Aug 3rd 2016 at 10:29:26 AM
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XFllo on Mar 17th 2019 at 1:28:03 PM
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In some places, same-sex relationships are still treated as unacceptable. One way to counter this is for one party to pretend to be of the opposite gender. Well, This Is Not That Trope. This trope is for when the party either does not or cannot simply pretend, but do have to transition or in some way prove an alternate gender. It is also not simply for people who thought they were or came out as gay before being trans. In fiction, it is equally Played for Laughs and Played for Drama when the genre is appropriate.
Film — Live-Action
- In Absolutely Fabulous the Movie, Patsy and Edina initially try to get Charlie to marry Patsy for his money. When this plan doesn't go through, they get Patsy to court then marry someone they just met, also the wealthiest woman in the world, under the guise of suddenly becoming a man — even though she wouldn't mind either way.
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In which it is unclear if Hedwig is actually a transgender woman, but many interpretations show that he is not, but in order to escape must be part of a couple with his male love interest and does physically undergo at least part of sex reassignment surgery to play the part.
- In Samoa, there is a legally recognised (and culturally traditional) third gender that one can claim to be and therefore be able to have a relationship with anyone; however, same-sex sexual activity is punishable by up to 7 years in prison, though this law is no longer enforced.
- In the United States — yes, the USA — before same-sex marriage was legalised there were some places where, once you had changed your legal gender (and some of these not even requiring a psychological affirmation or waiting period) you were free to marry anyone of the opposite gender, no matter the state's stance on homosexuality.
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