When several of the female SURvers decided to get together and throw a party at SUR, branded as Girls Night In to replace James Kennedy's bash See You Next Tuesday event, hostess Billie Lee felt left out of the party. In the process, she got into a heated argument with Katie Maloney-Schwartz about feeling excluded, and later sat down with Lisa Vanderpump about it. She noted that she felt she had been left out of the party because she is transgender (clip above). Billie Lee is now reflecting on that night featured on Vanderpump Rules and all the drama on her personal blog.
"Never in my wildest dreams would I think as a grown woman I would be in this situation, where a work event would be the deepest trigger I’ve ever felt," she wrote. "Growing up transgender, you deal with a lot of exclusion. So many girl sleepovers I couldn’t go to because I was physically a boy, or all the fun things my girlfriends would talk about in the girls’ locker room that I would never get to hear. As a child, I would dream of being on the girls’ team or getting invited to the all-girls pizza party. Instead, I would keep my head down and pray the boys wouldn’t pick on me. Time after time, I felt left behind and alone."
In the blog post, it was later explained to her that she was not involved in the planning of the event due to her defense of James in the wake of the way he treated Katie and the crew in the past; however, she believes that in the end that "does not give you the right to not include me."
Billie Lee also spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the episode, and offered up an apology to Katie for speaking about her appearance. "I do apologize about the 'fat card.' I think Katie has an amazing body. I actually have body contouring surgery this season to have more of a curvy body," she said. "I think she's beautiful. I think she's sexy. I just think that she should've been a little bit more aware of her surroundings and not so self-involved so she can include other people."
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