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The Benefits of Positive Portrayals of Trans Characters in Media

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In media, portrayals of trans people are few and far between. Even rarer are trans characters who are actually portrayed positively. Granted, it is not the easiest thing to write a trans character, mainly because a lot of people who try to write them have never met a trans person in real life before (well, not to their best knowledge, anyway). While the frequency of trans representation is still somewhat low, it has become considerably better in recent years across a variety of media. Television, video games, books, film, even comic books. For many, the most common examples of trans characters in media are in film and television. What comes immediately to mind is Transparent, a show that in some way was great, but in others, a little disappointing. The casting of Jeffrey Tambor was a sore spot for many, and even sorer once allegations of carnal assault came out against him by trans cast and crew members. In the film industry, we have Dallas Buyer's Club, a film that attempts to feature a nuanced depiction of a trans woman, but indeed, the character is portrayed by Jared Leto, a cis actor. The problem not being that a cis person was cast, but rather that trans women so rarely get a chance to play trans people. Leto's character also fell into the unfortunate trope of trans characters being in peril. Valuable stories (such as the based-on-a-true-story Boys Don't Cry) to be sure, but not the only stories...

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