GLAAD: too few transgender characters on TV

GLAAD has released its yearly report analyzing the quantity and quality of LGBT character portrayals on television. Where We Are on TV 2015 found that of the 881 regular characters on broadcast primetime programming in the coming year, 35 are identified as LGB. That's 4%. Not one of the regular or recurring characters is transgender.

I guess that means we are not to expect Mrs. Hudson to pop up on Elementary this season.

The number of regular LGBT characters counted on cable increased from 64 to 84, while recurring characters increased from 41 to 58.



Beautiful as I want to be

Transgender model Geena Rocero has joined forces with the cable network Logo to produce a video series which will highlight transgender young people. The series will be called Beautiful as I Want to Be and will consist of four part episodes which will be introduced by Rocero and "focus on partnering young trans people with successful trans leaders to explore how they define beauty and identity. Young trans people share their backstories, their identity journeys and their dreams for the future. Their mentor/coach then readies them for a transformative photo shoot and offers life advice."

I am excited to share with trans youth the ways that I’ve used modeling and art to creatively express myself and to realize my dreams. This project is to affirm our youth’s potential, their beauty and the possibilities when we celebrate and allow them to be their most authentic selves.



Jill Soloway: We don't have a transgender tipping point yet, we have a trans civil rights problem

Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor of Amazon's Transparent earned Emmy awards last night...Solloway for Best Director for a Comedy and Tambor for Lead Actor in a Comedy.

Soloway's male parent, who she apparently calls Moppa (or Mapa...spelling uncertain) is a transgender woman.

Thank you Mapa for coming out and coming to L.A. And coming here tonight. And something interesting about my Mapa, Carrie: She could, tomorrow, go and try to find an apartment, and in 32 states it would be legal for the landlord to look her in the eye and say, 'We don't rent to trans people.

We don't have a trans tipping point yet. We have a trans civil rights problem, so go to and vote to pass the trans equality bill.


That caused the website for the National Center for Transgender Equality to crash.




Whitewashing and Cisplaining...the movie

I began my transition in 1992. Part of what came with that was the meed for a hair stylist. I found mine at the Pink House in Conway, Arkansas. It was owned by John Schenck and Robert Lloyd, Their story is here at Freedom to Marry.

 photo Marsha_P_Johnson-650x500_zpsbnwbrgag.jpgJohn used to tell me stories from the old days. He was well positioned to do so since he worked as a bar back (i.e. bartending assistant) at the Stonewall back in the day. He told me about the night of June 28, 1969, when the police raided (not such a common occurrence at the Stonewall since there were payoffs) and especially began to hassle a Puerto Rican drag queen John only knew as José.

On that night there was a private party going on at the Stonewall. Regular patron Marsha P. (Pay it No Mind) Johnson was turning 25. Guests included other drag queens and some "girls who were serious" (in John's terminology; he means "transgender women") Some of the transwomen also did drag in order to make a Ms. Johnson.



Gender Prison: AFA dives for the bottom

The American Family Association has decided to blame the decision by TLC to cancel the Duggar Family on Jazz Jennings and her family...and not in a nice way. Meeke Addison writes TLC Trades Wholesome for Wholly Confused.

AFA had to get their anti-LGBT hatred on.

In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

So far it appears the purpose is to cave to the new protected class of citizens in America — those who identify as LGBT.






Last night Abby Wambach introduced Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPY's, where she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.







The Importance of Platform

One of the most frustrating things about the activism I do was exquisitely demonstrated last night. I've been actively activisting since I transitioned 23 years ago, on various platforms (email lists, the web, IRC, in public appearances and presentations, and in the past decade, blogging).

Yet last night, on Last Week Tonight John Oliver reached more people in 17 minutes than I have in all my efforts.

I'm not complaining, mind you. It is a fantastic thing that Oliver did. And it's not his fault that he has a platform available to him which I shall never experience.

Good on you, John Oliver. May you begin a trend.







The Month of the Gateway Sin

 photo pride___nomi_from_sense8_by_crimson_serenity-d8wfzdb_zpse5fj3zjj.pngI have not yet watched any shows produced by NetFlix or Amazon. That's just not the way we roll in this house. We get enough drama from the various NCIS's and the shows on TNT...though I did develop some interest in Scorpion after catching a few episodes. We are more usually entertained by what we can find on PBS when they aren't in pledge break mode or foodie porn.

But Sources have told me that the Wachowski's new SciFi series, Sense8, cocreated by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon5) from NetFlix is getting raves from the transgender community.

(Image by Crimson Serenity)








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