When we held our Favorite Canon Queer Couple poll last month, it sparked some conversation about the oft-overlooked T in LGBT. While we’ve made some good headway into representation for gay men and women in popular television, the trans* characters tend to be few, far between, and written by cisgender showrunners who might not fully understand the people they are trying to portray.
Well, we hear you. We’ve compiled a list of trans* characters from North American and British TV shows, and we’d like to hear who is your favorite. Feel free to sound off in the comments. Do you identify with someone on this list? Did seeing these characters on TV change your perspective on trans* issues? What would you like to see from these characters going forward? Or is there someone we missed who you would like to bring to all of our attention?
Keep in mind that these characters are not examples of perfect representation. In fact, some of them have been subject to characterization and plotting that do more harm to the trans* community than good. We welcome criticism, but please keep in mind that this poll is about celebrating our favorite characters, so kindly refrain from personal attacks on fellow commenters and fans.
Let’s raise our voices and let these showrunners how much we love the characters they’ve created, and how they could do better in the future. With any luck, this list of prominent trans* characters in mainstream television will only continue to grow in size and quality.
Poll Closes Nov 15th at 11pm
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.
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