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Is Transparent Transface or is it tipping us further into the mainstream?

Two suprises for Transparent

They’re two sides to this debate neither of which are wrong. One mindset defends the series noting that although the transgender character isn’t trans the film has a lot of extras that are. As a kind of a exclamation point to that argument, the New York Times published asking Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement? That headline from the Times is so emblematic of the progress, we as a community have made.

This isn’t the scuzzy Ticked off Tra##ies with Knives were talking about.

Conversely the other camp feels that without a transgender person playing the role of the transgender part, it is nothing less than tranface, a commercialization of transsexualism if you will. Given that historically trans people have been made the brunt of jokes or made out as comical RuPaul like female impersonators its no wonder the show sans a trans lead would be discredited out of hand.

Watching the plot just now I didn’t see any reason to be upset, or really entertained, to be blunt. There was a lot of rapid fire upppyish upscale banter that I, and probably most other trans people have little connection with. I don’t think the show is really aiming specifically for our demographic.
It ain’t OITNB either.

However, from what I’ve seen so far Transparaent is being done with style and sensitivity. Its worth giving a fair chance to. You can make up your own mind by watching the pilot for free on Amazon.


Kelli Buseyhttps://planettransgender.com
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. Transface is the appropriation of women by men or men by women. there is a wrong answer here, not two sides of a debate. That wrong answer is to allow a man to play a trans woman. Trans women belong to women. trans men belong to men. To cast us outside our gender creates a caricature of trans people that opens us up to ridicule from the public. GLAAD really needs to stand by its pledge to educate and step up its game by stopping atrocious acts of hate like transface. “Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art.” even Jared Leto, disgustingly rewarded for his appropriation of women in Dallas Buyer’s Club, is unaware that trans women and gay men are not the same. even after equality is achieved and trans women are cast to play the parts of cis women and trans men cast to play the part of cis men, cis men playing trans women will be a disgusting sexual appropriation making a mockery of women.


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