Talk:Beiste (Glee)

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How to handle the new revelation that Beiste suffers from gender dysphoria[edit]

I'm having a lot of trouble with the edits that have been made to the article, simply changing the pronouns from "she" to "he" and "her" to "him".

Up until the sixth season, the character Shannon was written and portrayed as a female. To retroactively take someone who hadn't been identified or diagnosed with gender dysphoria and do a gender pronoun reassignment prior to the actual discovery causes problems with the character arc.

I think this requires more thought and care in how we write about the character in the article; can we discuss how best to accomplish this while honoring both the character's past and present? While we're at it, it probably makes sense to decide what to do in the future, when the character (as seems inevitable) also changes from Shannon to a new name. BlueMoonset (talk) 01:43, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I agree. In real life, we would retroactively change the pronouns, but to do so with a fictional character implies they were always written as trans from the beginning and also that the audience knew this. Instead, the lead needs to make very clear when the character transitioned within the fiction, and use female/male prounouns accordingly, or avoid pronouns unless discussing the character post-transition. Sourced commentary about the character must retain whatever pronouns were used in the original source.Zythe (talk) 23:21, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

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