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10/06/2013 09:20 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Sissy Goodwin Defies Normative Standards in Conservative Wyoming

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Sissy Goodwin is out shopping. He's on the hunt for an industrial-sized wrench for a home handyman project along with two special somethings: colored hair bows and a pretty new dress — preferably red, size 12.

He walks through a mall, a linebacker-sized figure in a pink skirt, lacy yellow blouse and five-o'clock shadow; a gold lamé purse slung over his shoulder and a white bow affixed to his receding gray hair. The 67-year-old college science instructor looks straight ahead, ignoring the stares and the catcalls.

"Boy, you're cute," says a middle-aged woman, who then laughs derisively.

In a hardware store, a man shakes his head in disgust. Another asks, "Is it a prank? A joke?"

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