Talk:Laura Albert

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Merge proposal[edit]

Note: please add comments about this propsed merge on the Talk:JT LeRoy page. The comments below are duplicates.

Since the idea has been proposed, allow me to set up a straw poll.

  • Oppose. Merging JT LeRoy and Laura Albert is inappropriate in this case, because JT LeRoy was not only Laura Albert, but also Savannah Knoop, Geoffrey Knoop, and likely a few other accomplices. This is not a pen name or pseudonym, but a hoax. There are also precedents set for other hoaxes; see the See Also section at the bottom of the article. Jokestress 16:16, 11 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose for two reasons; as Jokestress says, JT LeRoy was really a collaborative hoax, not a mere pseudonym of Laura Albert; but also, Laura Albert has a notable identity distinct from JT LeRoy. See the talk pages of W. Mark Felt and Deep Throat (Watergate) for a fairly clear consensus on a similar issue. Chick Bowen 03:28, 22 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Per Jokestress's reasoning. --Lockley 23:45, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Birth date[edit]

Salon article dated March 8, 2006 gives the following: "How did a 40-year-old woman fool the world into thinking she was teenage prostitute and wunderkind author JT LeRoy?" and "She was a Scorpio and said all the girls who worked there were Scorpios." [1]

Since Scorpios are born late October through most of November, and she is now 40, that puts her birth date in late 2005. I am changing the date accordingly. Jokestress 03:15, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Transferred apparent comment by Albert[edit]

Transferred the following comment by User:Laura Albert - Skysmith (talk) 10:47, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

"Employees at Disneyland Paris and two Paris hotels confirmed that the person claiming to be JT LeRoy matched photographs of Laura Albert, who told the employees she was traveling with her husband and son. She told hotel employees who thought JT LeRoy was male that she was a transsexual woman who had sex reassignment surgery three years earlier.

I am Laura Albert and I never told anyone I am or was a transsexual woman who had sex reassignment surgery three years earlier. I did identify myself as JT LeRoy. If they has any beliefs or concerns as to what Jt LeRoy's gender was they either discussed it in French, which I do not speak, or they did not discuss it at all - either way it was NEVER brought up to me. I look very female and have never tried to pass myself off as male even when I wished I could have. I have contact with some of these employees and they can confirm this."