I never heard about the writer, JT LeRoy, until I started reading about literary hoaxes during the whole James Frey discussion. JT was supposed to be a shy reclusive former male teen prostitute and drug addict who wrote semi-autobiographical accounts of life on the streets. He was supposed to have been rescued by Laura Albert and Geoffrey Knoop. Some readers/book reviewers had been speculating that JT was not who he said he was. Well now it is alleged that JT is really a 40 year old woman. Check out these headlines:
JT Leroy Unmasked: He's a She
Male Author Is Actually A Middle Aged Woman How dare they refer to forty as middle aged?
Cult author's 'identity revealed'