8 Trans Tropes We Need To Retire In 2016
This year, let's strive for media representation that doesn't turn trans people into jokes, props, or spectacles.
It's a new year, and trans people continue to be in the spotlight — but whenever trans stories are told in movies or TV, it's usually assumed that those stories need to cater to a cisgender audience. A lot of the time, trans people aren't portrayed as multidimensional humans. Instead, our lives end up being told in stereotypical ways over and over again, which become codified into tropes: themes or devices that are common and overused.
As more and more trans characters are represented in the media, here are some tropes we'd love to say goodbye to in 2016. Though they may have seemed cool and edgy back in the day — when just having a trans person onscreen seemed progressive — we need to get past these tired and unoriginal stereotypes to get to nuanced and human portrayals of trans people.