TRANSGENDER THEMES IN MEDIA
Join Sam Berliner, Festival Director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival as well as director of previous Pride of the Ocean shorts GENDERBUSTERS, DATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE, and FLOAT, as we dive into the past and contextualize what that means for the present on our special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seasfrom February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
This type of coverage brings much needed attention to transgender communities but it is only the beginning. Once one learns about trans people’s existence, it is imperative to learn about our history as well as our current struggles around discrimination, staggering rates of violence and suicide, and most especially the awful challenges facing transgender women of color. So let’s go back and get some context for the recent boom, shall we?
Transgender themes in media have been in the spotlight for the past five or so years. We’ve all seen the Times Magazine cover of Laverne Cox with the “Transgender Tipping Point,” the 20/20 exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, Janet Mock’s book Redefining Realness, the big to-do around Cher’s son Chaz Bono and his transition, the TV show about trans teen Jazz Jennings, the talk about Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt’s trans son Shiloh or Will Smith’s gender-fluid son Jaden, the huge uproar over bathroom billsand trans folks’ right to serve in the military.
Trans folks have been around for a very long time and these short films and feature excerpts are doing the important work of reviving the archives and digging into the past to continue to bring these hirstories to the present and future generations.