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Transgender Comedian Thrives on Laughter to Beat Fear, Abuse
When transgender comedian Sarah Franken takes to the stage armed with an act full of quirky, satirical and often controversial characters, she first allows herself a moment of vulnerability.
Having transistioned earlier in 2015, Sarah often uses stand up comedy as a way to communicate with the audience what it is really like to be transgender, with strangers coming up to you and revealing their darkest secrets because they think you are "different" to feeling afraid that you could face unjust physical abuse on the subway for her appearance. "When I learned to make fun of it (being forced to be hyper-masculine as a child) it gave me power over it." Feeling at times put upon to produce solely trans material for comedy shows, Sarah feels more compelled to just do her regular comedic material, but just as "Sarah." Feeling confident in her newly found life as Sarah, she looks forward to many more comedic performances, simply by being herself.
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Background image: Feryal Aldahash looks down on her third daughter Valgerour Halla at their home in Reykjavik, Iceland. January 8 2017. | Thomson Reuters Foundation/Filippo Brachetti
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