Holly

Holly Woodlawn was born in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, a few years before the middle of the century. Her first name was Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodríguez Danhakl. I must have heard her name for the first time in “Walk on the wild side,” Lou Reed’s song, where she is introduced in this way: “Holly came from Miami, FLA / Hitch-hiked her way across the USA / Plucked her eyebrows on the way / Shaved her legs and then he was a she.” “He was a she”: Haroldo changed gender. She wasn’t twenty years old. She wasn’t even eighteen. She was fifteen, she says in a documentary about the record (Transformer) that includes the song. In a slightly broken English, Holly says something like this: “I was a kid, I was fifteen years old, I did… all I wanted do is learn, you know, and everyone just kept on wanting to have my body, and I don’t want your… I don’t want… I don’t. All I wanted do is learn, I wanted grow… ieh… eckh… but nobody listens to a child.”

Holly Woodlawn nació en Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, unos años antes del puntual centro del siglo. Su primer nombre fue Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodríguez Danhakl. Debo haber oído por primera vez su nombre en  “Walk on the wild side”, la canción de Lou Reed que la presenta de este modo: “Holly came from Miami, FLA / Hitch-hiked her way across the USA / Plucked her eyebrows on the way / Shaved her legs and then he was a she.” “He was a she”: Haroldo cambió de género. No tenía todavía veinte años. No tenía ni siquiera dieciocho. Tenía quince, nos cuenta en un documental sobre el disco (Transformer) que incluye la canción. En un inglés algo quebrado, dice algo así: “Era un chico, tenía quince años, lo único que quería era aprender, ¿viste?, y todos deseaban mi cuerpo, pero yo no quería tu… yo no quería… yo no. Lo único que quería era aprender, quería crecer… ieh… eckh… pero nadie les presta atención a los chicos.”

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