If you've been dying for the chance to date Nikki Araguz, transgender widow of a fallen Wharton firefighter, wait no longer: Local filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux is working on a reality series called Being Nikki that will include Araguz's quest for a new man.
"We are in search of single men willing to date the beautiful, dynamic, smart and driven woman -- Nikki Araguz," Thibodeaux stated in a press release. "We are looking for college-educated, physically fit, handsome men -- a sense of humor is must."
Applicants will be told that "She is a post-op transsexual" and her HIV-positive status will be disclosed as well, Thibodeaux told Hair Balls. (All you Don Juans can e-mail a photo and one-page bio to email@example.com.)
Araguz, who has been staying with friends in Houston, hasn't been allowed to see her two stepsons, Thibodeaux says.
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When we remarked on Araguz's apparent love of the spotlight, Thibodeaux said, "There's something about when you're living on camera, that it [distances] you from the moment and your fear." She also said Araguz hears from supporters every time she's in the news.
Here's how Thibodeaux described the show in the press release: "This uniquely innovative, intriguing and inspiring reality show follows Nikki, through her grief a year after the sudden death of her husband, the daunting pressures of a major league battle regarding her late husband's estate, lobbying for marriage equality, participating in a documentary about her life, writing her autobiography, and her quest to find peace again, as a single transsexual woman."
The pilot episode will premiere at 14 Pews, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.