Media portrayals of transgender people
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The media portrayals of transgender people refers to the varying and evolving ways in which the mass media depicts or portrays the transgender community.
|Title||Author||Trans/cis author||Release date||Trans characters||Gender|
|Beauty Queens||Libba Bray||N/A||2011||Petra||Woman|
|Being Emily||Rachel Gold||N/A||2012||Emily||Woman|
|Bloodhound||Tamora Pierce||N/A||2009||Okha (aka Amber)||Woman|
|Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||N/A||2003||Darlene||Woman|
|Breakfast on Pluto||Patrick McCabe||N/A||1998||Pussy||Woman|
|Eva Luna||Isabel Allende||N/A||1987||Mimi||Woman|
|f2m: the boy within||Hazel Edwards, Ryan Kennedy||Cis, Trans||2010||Finn||Man|
|For Today I Am a Boy||Kim Fu||Cis||2014||Peter||Woman|
|Freakboy||Kristin Elizabeth Clark||N/A||2013||Brendan & Angel||Genderfluid & Woman, respectively|
|Full Fathom Five||Max Gladstone||N/A||2014||Kai Pohala||Woman|
|Gracefully Grayson||Amy Polonsky||N/A||2014||Grayson Sender||Woman|
|A Harvest of Ripe Figs||Shira Glassman||Cis||2015||Micah||Man|
|I am J||Cris Beam||N/A||2011||J||Man|
|If You Could Be Mine||Sara Farizan||Cis||2013||Pavreen||Woman|
|Kafka on the Shore||Haruki Murakami||N/A||2002||Oshima||Man|
|The Left Hand of Darkness||Ursula K. Le Guin||N/A||1969||Estraven and others||Agender|
|Luna (Peters novel)||Julie Anne Peters||N/A||2004||Luna||Woman|
|Nevada||Imogen Binnie||N/A||2013||Maria and others||Women and men|
|Parrotfish||Ellen Wittlinger||N/A||2010||Grady Katz-McNair||Man|
|Poison Study||Maria V. Snyder||N/A||2004||Commander Ambrose||Man|
|Rainbow Road||Alex Sanchez||N/A||2005||B.J.||Woman|
|A Safe Girl to Love||Casey Plett||Trans||2014||Carla and others||Women and men|
|The Secret of Lost Things||Sheridan Hay||Cis||2006||Pearl||Woman|
|Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurre||Derek Landy||Cis||2017||Never||Genderfluid|
|Stone Butch Blues||Leslie Feinberg||Trans||1993||Jess|
|Trans-sister Radio||Chris Bohjalian||N/A||2001||Woman|
|Two Boys Kissing||David Levithan||N/A||2013||Avery||Man|
|The World According to Garp||John Irving||N/A||1978||Roberta Muldoon||Woman|
|Title||Author||Trans/cis author||Release date||Trans characters||Gender||Notes|
|Becoming a Visible Man||Jamison Green||Trans||2004||Jamison Green and others||Men, primarily|
|Conundrum||Jan Morris||Trans||1974||Jan Morris||Woman|
|Excluded: Making Feminism and Queer Movements More Inclusive||Julia Serano||Trans||2013||Women and men|
|Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us||Kate Bornstein||Trans||1994||Kate Bornstein|
|Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation||Kate Bornstein||Trans||2010||Kate Bornstein|
|Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transexual Experience||Matt Kailey||Trans||2005||Matt Kailey||Men||Autobiography|
|A Queer and Pleasant Danger||Kate Bornstein||Trans||2012||Kate Bornstein||Woman||Autobiography|
|Redefining Realness||Janet Mock||Trans||2014||Janet Mock||Woman||Autobiography|
|She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders||Jennifer Finney Boylan||Trans||2013||Women and men||Autobiography|
|Trauma Queen||Lovemme Corazón||Trans||2013||Lovemme Corazón and others||Women and men||Autobiography|
|Whipping Girl||Julia Serano||Trans||2007||Women, primarily||Manifesto|
DC Comics introduced Alysia Yeoh as the first major transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book. She is a fictional character created by writer Gail Simone for the Batgirl ongoing series, and is Barbara Gordon’s best friend, and a transgender woman. They went on to premiere the first ever transgender wedding in Batgirl #45. Marvel Comics has followed suit, with writer Al Ewing adapting popular character Loki to have a fluid gender identity.
Transgender themes are also found in manga. One notable example is Wandering Son, which deals with issues such as being transgender, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty. Gary Groth of Fantagraphics Books said in an interview he licensed Wandering Son because "it's not a typical choice for a manga title published in the U.S. and it's not typical subject matter for comics in general," saying that the subject is "perfectly legitimate ... for literature—or comics."
|Title||Release year||Trans characters||Gender||Notes|
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||1994||Lt. Lois Einhorn||Woman||Trans woman played by cis woman, referred to in film as a "man"; villain.|
|The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||1994||Bernadette Bassenger||Woman||Trans woman played by cis man (Terrence Stamp).|
|Anger Management||2003||Galaxia the prostitute||Man|
|Boy Meets Girl||2014||Ricky||Woman||Trans woman played by trans actress.|
|Boys Don't Cry||1999||Brandon Teena||Man||Dramatization of real-life events surrounding Brandon Teena's murder. Trans male character played by a cis woman.|
|Breakfast on Pluto||2005||Kitten||Woman||Based on the book of the same name.|
|The Carmilla Movie||2017||LaFontaine||Genderqueer character||Nonbinary character, using they/them pronouns|
|The Crying Game||1992||Dil||Woman||Trans woman played by Jaye Davidson, a cis man.|
|Dallas Buyers Club||2013||Rayon||Woman|
|The Danish Girl||2015||Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe||Woman||Trans woman played by Eddie Redmayne, a cis man. Based on the novel of the same name.|
|Dog Day Afternoon||1975||Leon||Woman||Trans woman played by a cis man. Based loosely on a true story.|
|Every Day||2018||A||Non-binary||Based on YA novel of the same name. A is a genderless being who wakes up every day in a different person's body. Played by multiple actors of different genders.|
|Every Day||2018||Vic||Man||Based on YA novel of the same name. Trans man played by a trans man.|
|A Fantastic Woman||2017||Marina Vidal||Woman||Trans woman played by Daniela Vega, a trans actress.|
|Girl||2018||Lara||Woman||Trans woman played by Victor Polster, a cis man.|
|Just Charlie||2017||Charlie Lyndsay||Woman||Trans girl played by a cis boy.|
|Nånting Måste Gå Sönder (Something Must Break)||2014||Ellie/Sebastian||Woman|
|Orlando||1992||Orlando||Woman and Man||Orlando changes genders.|
|The Rocky Horror Picture Show||1975||Dr. Frank N. Furter||Man, transvestite|
|Soldier's Girl||2003||Calpernia||Woman||Trans woman played by cis man. Fictionalized account of murder of Barry Winchell.|
|Tangerine||2015||Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra||Woman||Trans women played by trans actresses.|
|Transamerica||2005||Bree||Woman||Trans woman played by cis woman.|
|The World According to Garp||1982||Roberta Muldoon||Woman||Trans woman played by cis man.|
|Title||Trans characters or personalities||Gender||Notes|
|Becoming Us||Carly Lehwald||Woman||Reality show focusing on a family whose father has come out as a trans woman.|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Maya Avant||Woman||The first US daytime soap opera to feature a trans woman character as a series regular.|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Nick||Man||Maya's mentor. The actor, Scott Turner Schofield, who is trans in real life, became the first openly transgender actor in Daytime television with this recurring role.|
|Brave New Girls||Jenna Talackova||Woman||Reality show focusing on aspiring model Jenna Talackova.|
|Chicago Med||Denise Lockwood||Woman||A transwoman, who is played by Alexandra Grey, who is a trans woman herself.|
|Coronation Street||Hayley Cropper||Woman||Played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, a cis woman.|
|Degrassi: The Next Generation||Adam Torres||Man||Teen trans man, played by a cis woman.|
|Doctor Who||Cassandra||Woman||Tells Rose that she was "a little boy" in the episode "The End of the World".|
|Faking It||Noah||Man||Played by Elliot Fletcher, a trans man.|
|The Fosters||Cole||Man||Played by Tom Phelan, a non-binary trans person.|
|The Fosters||Aaron||Man||Played by Elliot Fletcher, a trans man.|
|Glee||Unique Adams||Woman||Teen trans woman, played by cis man|
|Glee||Sheldon Beiste||Man||Adult trans man, played by cis woman|
|Gray's Anatomy||Casey Parker||Man||Adult trans man, played by a trans man: Alex Blue Davis|
|Gwaith/Cartref||Macsen Issacs||Male||Teenager transitioning from female to male.|
|Hit & Miss||Mia||Woman|
|Hunter x Hunter||Alluka Zoldyck||Woman||Constantly they referred to her as "it" and "he". Her brother, Killua, constantly reminds people that she is a girl. Strong, not afraid to stick up for herself, but still a cute and lovable character portrayed right by most of the fandom.|
|Hunter x Hunter||Kite||Genderfluid||A man in their past life, Kite was reincarnated as a little girl later in the series and is struggling with their gender identity. It is still unknown whether they consider themselves to be a male or female, or genderfluid.|
|Hunter x Hunter||Neferpitou||Genderless|
|I Am Cait||Caitlyn Jenner||Woman||Reality show focusing on the gender transition of Caitlyn Jenner.|
|I Am Jazz||Jazz Jennings||Woman||Reality show on transgender teen Jazz Jennings and her family.|
|The L Word||Max Sweeney||Man||A trans man played by a cis woman.|
|My Transsexual Summer||Maxwell Zachs, Sarah Savage, Drew Ashlyn Cunningham, Lewis Hancox, Rapheal Fox, Donna Whitbread, Karen Gale||Woman||A 2011 British documentary series.|
|The OA||Buck Vu||Man||Teen trans man, played by a trans man.|
|Orange Is the New Black||Sophia Burset||Woman||A trans woman played by Laverne Cox, a trans woman.|
|Orphan Black||Tony Sawicki||Man||A clone of a cis woman.|
|Pretty Little Liars||Charlotte Drake||Woman||A trans woman played by a cis woman.|
|Rise||Michael Hallowell||Man||Teen trans man played by a non-binary actor.|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Various||Drag Queens||A reality show about drag queens; features two trans women as contestants.|
|Science Ninja Team Gatchaman||Berg Katse||Genderfluid||Katse is an intersex mutant created from the synthesis of male and female twins in utero, they were created by the alien leader of evil organisation Galactor.|
|Sense8||Nomi Marks||Woman||A trans woman played by Jaime Clayton, a trans woman.|
|Shameless||Trevor||Man||A trans man played by Elliot Fletcher, a trans man.|
|South Park||Mr. Garrison||Man||Went a sex change at the start of Season 9, later reverted to a male in Season 12.|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Jadzia Dax, Ezri Dax||Woman||Dax has changed genders throughout their lives.|
|Supergirl||Nia Nal(Dreamer)||Woman||Season 4 regular played by Nicole Maines, a trans woman.|
|The Switch||Sü Phan and others||Women and men||All transgender characters are played by transgender actors.|
|TransGeneration||Various||Women and men||A documentary series.|
|Transparent||Maura Pfefferman||Woman||A trans woman played by a Jeffrey Tambor, cis man.|
|Twin Peaks||Denise Bryson||Woman||A trans woman DEA agent played by a cis man.|
|Zombie Land Saga||Lily Hoshikawa||Woman|
|Carmilla||LaFontaine||genderqueer character who uses they/them pronouns||nonbinary character played by a nonbinary actor; unconfirmed for a while in-series|
|Like As It Is||Ross Grant||Agender character who uses they/them pronouns|
|The Grey Tarmac Road||Leone Jinjur||Genderfluid character who uses they/them, she/her and he/him pronouns||played by a trans actor|
|Paranatural||R.J.||Non-binary character who uses they/them/their pronouns|
|Pride: The Series||Liev||Man||Trans man played by a transgender actor: Scott Turner Schofield|
|The Adventures of Jaime Watson (And Sherlock Holmes)||Stanley Hopkins||Man||Trans man played by a trans man, introduced in season 2|
Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a trans woman, played by both men and women on the stage. La Cienega in Bring It On the Musical is a transgender teen character. Individual productions alter the identity of characters, such as Angel in Rent who is a drag queen in some productions and a trans woman in others. Adam is a play based on the true story of trans man Adam Kashmiry and his journey from Egypt to Scotland.
Early examples include Birdo in Super Mario Bros 2, where the manual asserts that Birdo is a boy who "thinks he is a girl", and Poison in Final Fight, who was censored in the English localization. More recent examples include The New Kid in South Park: The Fractured but Whole where the player character can optionally be portrayed as transgender.
Against Me! is an American punk rock band formed in 1997 in Gainesville, Florida, by singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace. The band's album Transgender Dysphoria Blues deals with gender dysphoria, following Laura Jane Grace's gender transition and coming out.
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He thinks he's a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth. He'd rather be called Birdetta
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With Capcom USA, Phillips's team edited some of the grislier games that came in from its Japanese parent company, although Capcom's own censors weeded out the most offensive touches...When a Capcom USA representative suggested that it was tasteless to have the game's hero beat up a woman, a Japanese designer responded that there were no women in the game. 'What about the blonde named Roxy?' the American asked. The designer responded, 'Oh, you mean the transvestite!' Roxy was given a haircut and new clothes.
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