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So, all people who follow me directly or transitively, I want to collect up a list of positive and trope-free depictions of trans women, in any fictional medium (whether it’s film, novels, TV, fanfiction, or whatever).
This means: she doesn’t die, get punished by fate, or end up miserable and alone. She isn’t shown as a deceiver of straight men’s boners, or as a failed attempt to pass. She isn’t shown putting on makeup to emphasize how constructed her femininity is (like cis people’s isn’t!). The medium isn’t an autobiography (shot in soft focus), or a documentary leading up to surgery. She absolutely isn’t shown as a rapist.
Please reblog this, even if you have nothing to add, in case someone who follows you does. Please reblog and add anything you know meets the criteria and isn’t already on the list.
Format: medium, title, author/director, character, summary (may contain spoilers).
- Novel: “The Bone Palace”, by Amanda Downum. Savedra Severos. A princess and a courtier skilled at cut-throat intrigue. She protects her man and gets her girl and keeps them both.
- Novel: “The Drowning Girl: A Memoir” by Caitlin R. Kiernan. Abalyn Armitage. Lover and emotional rock of the protagonist, Games review author. Breaks up with her, but gets back together.
- Novels: “Extrahuman Union #2: Fly into Fire and #3: The Spark” by Susan Jane Bigelow. Renna. A refugee from an Earth in the grip of a domineering imperial government in the second book; in the third Renna is a well-established, wealthy trader and a primary driver of the events of the second half of the book. Her establishment as being trans is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast in book 2 - as it should be.
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