The early Internet was a vast, unregulated frontier where users discovered totally new and unexpected sides of themselves. The opportunity to invent a new life and join a new community through an avatar revolutionized communication and social connection. This was particularly true in the cold, dark aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ishkhan, a young Armenian man, discovers a new side of himself through an online game community. He is more comfortable expressing himself as a beautiful woman in a fantasy universe than as a downtrodden man in a bleak home scenario. But how do others see him, online and offline?