Friday, April 1, 2016

Transgender Day of Visibility: the 'transgender tipping point' in TV and film has arrived, but are we doing enough? - INDEPENDENT

by Clarisse Loughrey 
Originally published: March 31, 2016

Between Orange is the New Black, The Danish Girl, and Transparent - are trans narratives being done justice on screen?

"The transgender tipping point," declared TIME’s front cover.

29 May, 2014. The pop of champagne bottles, and the electricity of change in the air; never before had the spirit and contributions of the trans community been so felt amongst the currents of mainstream culture. 

In film and television, trans narratives were finally shifting to its centre; where before they’d be so often reduced to drained stereotypes and transphobic mockeries, the punch line to a joke or a sinister other in the shadows. 

At that moment, Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox arrived like the herald to a new era; gracing TIME’s cover with all the wit, self-assuredness, and charisma that’s made her one of the Netflix series’ standout characters. 

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