Katelynn "Kat" Cusanelli (from West Palm Beach, Florida) was a cast member on "The Real World: Brooklyn. She was 24 years old at the time of her appearance on the show.


Katelynn is an Italian-American trans-woman who had a rough childhood. She first realized her gender variance in high school and began living as a woman at the age of 17 which was difficult given her rigid, Sicilian family.

She began her transition almost five years prior to moving into the "Real World: Brooklyn" house and completed her gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in July 2008.

Kat is a self-described computer geek and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She has a boyfriend named Mike whom she hopes to marry.

In the season premiere, she initially reveals her transgender status only to JD though she eventually comes into conflict with him over this and other matters and reveals her status to the others.

She has lost three close friends to AIDS, which inspires her charity work.

After "The Real World"Edit

Kat speaks across college campuses on LGBT issues.

In 2008, she had been dating her boyfriend, Mike for more than two years. She eventually married, but by July 2012, they had recently divorced.