The Lady Gaga sex change

A fan is going under the knife to look like the pop star, but is he really changing genders because of her?

Topics: Lady Gaga, Broadsheet, Gender, Gender Roles, Love and Sex,

The Lady Gaga sex changeLady Gaga performs during the fifth annual concert festival at Lollapalooza in Grant Park Friday, Aug. 6, 2010., in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)(Credit: AP)

You might have noticed headlines giddily trumpeting, “Man Having Sex Change ‘To Look Like Lady GaGa’” — but that is a tad misleading. Penio Daskalov, a former Bulgarian Big Brother contestant, told Radar: “I really admire the way she has created herself, so when I’ve had my operations I won’t be quite a man or quite a woman.” However, MTV UK frames the story like so: “Lady GaGa may have a huge fanbase but it has emerged that one of her Little Monsters plans to change sex so that he can look like Lady G herself.”

Daskalov was already presenting as a woman on Big Brother — so, while he may be telling his plastic surgeons to make him look like the pop star, I somehow doubt that the 24-year-old suddenly decided on a sex change just because of his love for Lady Gaga. (Note that “her” might be more appropriate, but it’s unclear which pronoun Daskalov currently prefers, and the press is going with “he.”) What’s more, he apparently sees the operation as a transition not to being a woman but to being not “quite a man or quite a woman.”



In any case, this is just the latest act in Gaga’s riveting gender circus. First she was rumored to have a penis, then she posed as a man, then she was said to be dressing like a man dressing like a woman — and now, a fan is having a sex change. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what’s next.

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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