Ex-East Cleveland Mayor Caught Cross-Dressing (When keeping it pretty boy goes wrong)

1 Oct

By now you’ve most likely heard of Eric Brewer, East Cleveland’s former Mayor who lost re-election KAPPA mayor-eric-brewer-cross-dressing-scandala week after pictures surfaced of him in women’s underwear, a wig and lipstick- and some photos fully dressed as a woman, in pose- ouch.  This incident has sent a ripple through Black folks across the country for a few reasons, like, Brewer is Black and a Kappa.  They don’t discriminate but they don’t like scandal; no Brotherhood does, so while the Kappa’s are feeling the heat, the Que’s and the Alpah’s and all the rest of the bruh’s out there are heaving massive sighs of relief that they don’t have to claim him.

But Kappa or not, the images which have come to light are causing strong reactions for everyone and everyone is making assumptions about the situation- of which none of us has enough details to recreate the full picture.  All anyone can see are those pictures.

Well, let’s start with the basics.  When a man puts on clothing assigned to the opposite gender, he is cross-dressing.  While the idea of dressing up like or woman [let alone going out in public as one] is a polarizing concept, countless people do it every day.

“He wants to be a woman,” one of my male friends declared to me the other day.

“Bruh’s a f*g,” said another.

This isn’t necessarily true.

brewer3Cross-dressing is a behavior which can be seen as a type of transgender behavior. It does not, however, necessarily indicate transgender identity; a person who cross-dresses does not always identify as having a gender different from that assigned at birth.

The term cross-dressing denotes an action or a behavior without attributing or proposing causes for that behavior. Some people automatically connect cross-dressing behavior to transgender identity or sexual, fetishist, and homosexual behavior, but the term cross-dressing itself does not imply any motives. However, referring to a person as a cross-dresser suggests that their cross-dressing behavior is habitual and may be taken to mean that the person identifies as transgendered. The term cross-dresser should therefore be used with care to avoid causing misunderstanding or offense.

While speculation of this man’s intentions is impossible to avoid, the only thing the pictures “prove” is that he likes to dress as a woman.  While a mostly taboo behavior, it isn’t necessarily out of the norm, it’s just not front and center in society. (drag queens don’t count, nor transgendered)

Having said all of that, looking at the sexual nature of the pictures I think it is certainly safe to say that Brewer has a transvestic fetishist, which usually apply to men and include cross-dressing as part of a sexual fetish.

What I said above still applies; men who display transvestic fetish tendencies aren’t necessarily gay or looking to have gay sex.  I have spoken with plenty of men who want to do this with their female partners/spouses.

Given the delicate nature of these photos, I have to say that what bothers me about them is the fact that they were released for the sole purpose of ruining a man’s life- and they have.  He has been shunned by the larger community, he’s losing his job, everyone is making all sorts of unnecessary judgments and comments, about something they don’t understand and he’s the pun of too many jokes to count.

How is the behavior relevant to his job- should he have not been re-elected because of it?  It’s one thing if he’s cross-dressing on the ho stroll [extreme] or dressing up as a woman and going out to dinner with friends [still shocking] vs what he is doing in the privacy of his own home.

If the pictures surfaced in the course of some sort of criminal investigation, then I could understand how they would go public, but over an election?  It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

That said, ladies and gents, never, ever, ever take pictures or video of anything unless you’re prepared to see it on the six o’clock news or the front page of the paper.  You might not be running for mayor, but you might be a teacher, or a doctor, or worse yet, a pastor of a church.  Do you really want to take the chance of anyone ever knowing what you do in your personal life?  You do not.

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One Response to “Ex-East Cleveland Mayor Caught Cross-Dressing (When keeping it pretty boy goes wrong)”

  1. Gord D. October 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Crossdressing pictures used to destroy a mans’ career; it is deplorable that his form of discrimination is still happening in this day and age.

    Women have been crossdressing in some form or other for decades.

    When women crossdress, do they lose their career, do their marriages breakup, are they shunned by society…NO! I think there’s something wrong with this picture.

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