Representation of Transgender people in modern comics

Longing for some representation in modern comics/ tv shows? So are hundreds of others. Let’s see how creators are trying to be a force of positive change.

It’s the 21st century; it’s time we see more diversity and representation in our media. Every day, more people find the courage to come out as transgender and be their true selves – this should be celebrated. Some cartoon creators, comic book writers, and film directors are appreciating this and acting on it. Thank goodness!

If you’re at the beginning of your journey, curious, at the end of your transition, or simply an ally seeing these powerful people in entertainment, does wonder for normalizing it and bringing awareness, especially to trans dating sites for those seeking companionship. The more we can do this, the better we can make the public opinion and the more we can do to create equality!

Transgender People in Modern Entertainment

As the years pass, we’re seeing more companies introduce transgender characters to their popular shows. Here’s a list of examples.

  • Alice from Superjail!
  • Barney from DeadEndia.
  • Rachel Bighead from the Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life.
  • Cha-Cha from Bob’s Burgers.
  • Ida Davis from Family Guy.
  • Desiree from Too Loud.
  • Herbert Garrison from South Park.
  • Glitter from Bob’s Burgers.
  • Hermaphrobot from Futurama.
  • Natalie from Big Mouth.

These are just to name a few and goes to show how transgender characters have been introduced to mainstream shows! You can even find transgender representation in the following films.

  • Boy Meets Girl (2014).
  • The Danish Girl (2015).
  • Normal (2003).
  • Kinky Boots (2005).
  • Soldiers Girl (2003).
  • Boys Don’t Cry (1999).
  • The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).
  • Tomboy (2011).

Comic books reach a whole new audience in the entertainment realm and allow for different types of people to engage with the transgender community. The bright and enticing pictures tell their own story, so no need to worry about language differences!

  • Alain in Shutter.
  • Braga from Rat Queens.
  • Cassandra/ Urdr from The Wicked and the Divine.
  • Claire from Questionable Content.
  • Lord Fanny from The Invisibles.
  • Rain Flaherty from Rain.
  • Kate Goodwin/ Coagula from Doom Patrol.

Many of these characters appear in comic books from the ’90s and goes to show that comics have been trying to represent the trans community for some time. It’s important in modern movements that we represent as many sexualities as we can. Love isn’t black and white anymore; it’s colorful and exciting! As society embraces this, we need it reflected in our entertainment. But why do we need such a wide representation in meaningless entertainment?

  1. It shows younger generations how to treat others. Hatred is a taught emotion and is something we, unfortunately, pass on to our children/ impressionable kids on the internet. The more positivity we can spread, the better our future will be. We need to be putting out healthy lessons and normalize the emotions that come with transgender people; so that they can freely express themselves like no generation before.
  2. It aids people who are still closeted. Seeing this representation in films, tv shows, and comics will aid those who are still too scared to come out. We need to make an accepting environment for them to let done those walls.
  3. Makes things more interesting. The exhausted storyline of girl meets boy, and they fall in love is a yawn-fest! Having a wider representation of LGBT+ stories will make things far more interesting.
  4. Adds depth to the storyline. Think of the twists, turns, and challenges that could be introduced to an LGBT storyline. Not to mention the depth of emotion that comes with any journey in this community.
  5. It makes dating easier! Having this representation makes online dating for transgender people much easier! They have more to talk about, more entertainment to share, and more ways to connect with other trans people.

Heterosexual dating is so beyond normalized now that it’s formulaic; when comics show a storyline of a transgender person, they broaden the dating scope! Trans dating has its trials and tribulations, but the more it’s shown in entertainment, the more we can embrace it and celebrate it for what It really is. Show it on tv shows and bring it to mainstream dating; it’s time we all got our shot at true love.

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