The transgender community has been historically underrepresented in media, including film and television. Over the past few years, the popularity of shows like Pose and Euphoria has begun to inch toward more equality onscreen. Movies and documentaries that accurately portray the trans and LGBTQ experience are not only valuable, they're essential. Especially for young people and those who are early in their transition journey, seeing their own lived experience or the success of other trans people onscreen can be life-affirming.
Women in Revolt (1971)
For decades, transgender movies, TV shows , and titles with transgender storylines featured cisgender actors at the center. And typically, these characters were the butt of cruel, crude jokes and disgusting dehumanization. But that's changed in recent years. Several movies and TV shows from the s offer nuanced depictions of transgender characters—with transgender actors in the roles. In , dozens of Hollywood A-listers signed a letter in support of trans women , illustrating that the industry is trying to be on the right side of history. There's still so much work to do to ensure all trans people can live honestly without fear —but watching authentic stories about the trans experience will help create a more empathetic world. Below, check out some of the most compelling transgender movies, TV shows, and titles with trans storylines in recent memory. These seven got it right. Sean Baker shot this comedy about trans sex workers on the streets of Los Angeles on an iPhone, capturing their lives not just with gritty realism but so much humor and heart. Stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor were creatively involved in the storytelling process, and the result is nothing short of wonderful.
In a Year of 13 Moons (1978)
Find out what made it onto our list of 10 of the best movies about transgender people. By Juliet Jacques. Although many of the first transsexual and openly transgender-identified people were trans men, the cinema, like newspapers and television, tended to focus on trans women, perhaps because the idea that people might voluntarily relinquish their male privilege mystified the men who controlled the western media. During the s, underground filmmakers cast trans people — and not always in trans roles. Below is a selection of 10 trans-themed films from the last 50 years. Their stories are often sad — Venus Xtravaganza was murdered during filming, and several others died young — but Paris Is Burning continues to excite and inspire.