|Posted by Transgender Education Collaboration on April 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM|
By M Kelley
In case you haven't heard, all the news sources seem to be buzzing with the news that Glee now has a transgender character. This could be an exciting opportunity, right? Especially because the actor is also a person of color!
Well, I used to be a huge Glee fan. I believed that it had amazingly huge potential to showcase the Queer/LGBT community to the mainstream in a way that empowered young kids to have role models to look up to. From what I have heard though, it has gone horribly wrong. And to me it sounds like Glee has taken a wrong turn with this "transgender character".
From what I have gathered- the actor who plays the character is not transgendered. He seems firmly male identified, and simply enjoys doing drag. Drag Queens are not always Transgender. Many are gay males who are thoroughly happy in identifying as male. This character seems to identify as male outside of performing. (Correct me if I am wrong!)
Why can we not have an actual transgender actor or actress play a role on Glee? Young Transgender and Gender Variant youth need a character who they can relate to. Someone who is struggling to figure out what their gender identity is. Someone facing pressure to conform to a role they are not comfortable with. Someone considering transitioning. Someone facing homelesness or losing their family support.
Glee- Give us a real transgender character. Not a caricature.