This article is really just one example of Lou Reed using trans ladies like props to maintain his queer edgy artist image. Still it’s a pretty heartless example. He went from telling this woman he loved her and dedicating an album to her to acting like she doesn’t even exist just so he can start looking more straight for his new fans.
So, someone outside of the tumble-sphere read what I wrote and was complaining that the article seems like mostly opinion, and that it’s super common anyway to be inspired by the people you love.
I wanted to share my response since it gives more context for why I’m annoyed by Lou’s fame.It’s not exactly investigative journalism, but it doesn’t need to be. Lou wrote so many lyrics about trans women, and used their stories each time to build himself up as this edgy artist. His most famous solo song is literally him asking you to walk with him on the wild side by mostly hanging out with trans lady artists Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn. Both of them btw kind of went off into obscurity after Warhol and Lou lost their interest in them. He’s able to profit off trans ladies lives like no trans lady could. Lou Reed, like a bunch of other cis dude artists including his mentor Andy Warhol, please an audience fascinated with trans women but not capable of taking trans women seriously as artists or storytellers. If this article about Rachel is vague it’s because Lou can decide not to talk about her anymore and just like that her story stops mattering.
Everyone loves talking about us, they hate talking to us.