Alexis Arquette has spent the majority of her career in the public eye identifying
as a male. When appearing as a woman it was primarily as a drag performer and
frequently under the name "Eva Destruction." It is only later in her career that
she made public her desire to complete gender reassignment, and that she has
begun that process. To this end, though still anatomically male, Arquette has
publicly declared that she considers her gender identity to be female, and
should be referred to as such. Statutes in California, where Ms. Arquette lives,
prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, whether or not that
identity conforms to the s-- assigned at birth. Given that physical s-- and
psychological gender are divisible and separable, individuals such as Ms.
Arquette may determine that their gender differs from their s-- sufficiently
enough that they identify as a member of the opposite s--. Such an individual
has a right to self-determination and self-identification under the
constitutional right to privacy.
Lesser known than Patricia, David, and Rosanna, the majority of her film work has been limited to low-budget or independent films. These have included her critically acclaimed debut performance as male-to-female transs--ual Georgette in Last Exit to Brooklyn. She also appeared in I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V, and Killer Drag Queens on Dope, among 40 other independent pictures.
Alexis Arquette has appeared in supporting roles in mainstream films, including Pulp Fiction, Threesome, Bride of Chucky and a memorable appearance as a Boy George fanatic in The Wedding Singer, singing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" over and over. Arquette has also performed in low-budget pornographic films as her "Destruction" persona.
In 2004 Alexis Arquette expressed an interest in undergoing formal male-to-female transitioning by the use of hormone treatments and, ultimately, a s-- reassignment surgery, but this process has not been completed. Many of her roles and appearances in film and elsewhere were performed when she expressed a male identity.
In September 2005, VH1 announced her casting in an upcoming season of the reality show The Surreal Life. She mentioned on the show, unscripted, that she does not want people to call her either a man or a woman, but a transgendered individual—in her words, a "tranny."
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