Thursday, 17 March 2011

Transphobia: Funny Girls

This week Trans Media Watch launched their Memorandum of Understanding.
They hope other media organisations will follow Channel 4's lead and sign up to improve their coverage of transgender people and issues.
Fagburn really hopes the tabloids take notice; for them if someone is trans they're only ever frightening or funny, often both.
Coverage is almost always gratuitous, offensive, disrespectful, ill-informed and cruel - and someone being transsexual is a story in itself (By way of example here's a story from The Sun that ticks every box).
Coincidentally, this week Comic Relief launched its official single for 2011, a cover of I Know Him So Well by Susan Boyle and the Peter Kay character Geraldine (formerly Gerry) McQueen.
Of course, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with having a transsexual comedy character.
But how often does TV Land allow trans people to be anything else but mere figures of fun, to provide some comic relief?

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