dalej prowadzisz pomoc dla polskich transów czy już nie?
prowadzę głównie poprzez działalność Fundacji Trans-Fuzja, której obecnie prezesuję.
Oprócz tego w czasie, który mi pozostaje (pracuję w kilku miejscach) staram się odpowiadać na wszelkiego rodzaju pytania, problemy i ogólnie służyć radą zawsze wtedy, kiedy tylko to możliwe. Jestem na kilku forach, choć tam częściej czytam niż pisuję i to też dość nieregularnie. Jeśli potrzebna jest Ci pomoc z jakimś zagadnieniem możesz się ze mną skontaktować mailowo, przez aska, facebook, twitter czy właśnie przez tumblr.
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Trans Representation on TV and in Movies. The Rick Grimes Story
was it. The final surgery. One last step out of numerous to
finally be at peace with his body. After years of transitioning and
maturing as a person, the time had come to put a dot at the end of
the sentence. And why wouldn’t he? His life had already been on
the right track for years. He had an understanding and supportive wife who had
been with him from the very beginning, even when he was still trying
to realize what had actually been going on in his head. Her name was
Lori and he had loved her from the second he saw her many years
before in a gay bar. That was the
version they knew and remembered. “We met at a park” was a story
they would tell their friends and their son.
was the one to say “Go for it, I will be there whenever you need
me”. And she was. She held his hand shortly after chest surgery and
did not let go until his documents had been changed. Always worried.
She even went as far as moving away with him to a different state
where they could start a new life. When they settled, there was
finally nothing to intervene with their plans. He found a job, she
stayed at home and they became one of the many suburban families in
the US. Rick quickly made a number of friends in their little
community – he was honest, had a clear sense of right and wrong and
was very open on what justice meant for him. No one gets left behind. People liked it,
especially Shane who soon became Rick’s best friend and the only
person who knew about his and Lori’s secret. Shane always wanted to
have a family but could not settle down. He was the perfect person to
become the biological father of their child. Without Shane, Rick
would not know what it was like to be a father. He had a great debt
to his best friend.
up from surgery took longer than expected. Something was wrong. When
he regained consciousness, the world had already been a different
place than he remembered. For the first time when he woke up from
surgery, Lori was not there. Rick knew something terrible had
happened and that he needed to find and keep his family safe –
Carl, Lori and Shane. He was yet to discover that the rules of life
and death had been abolished. The dead were now walking among the
living and human civilization was to become extinct.
is Rick Grimes’ story. A story that never was and never will be,
because as a society we tend to not put trans people as main
characters of our narratives. Let me share some thoughts on that.
think by now it is obvious that the Rick Grimes I’ve been describing,
is not the character you all came to know and love (or hate) from The
Walking Dead series, whether you’ve been hooked on the comics
or the series. This Rick Grimes is a figment of my imagination. My
subconscious created this new introduction to the show while I was
asleep and this was the narrative I woke myself to. “Rick is a
trans man” – my mind made me realize, and for the first 5 minutes
after opening my eyes, I was close to believing that this was reality
and that at least part of what I wanted from the media came true.
That I had a character with experiences comparable to mine.
interesting dream sequence aligned with our Polish organization Trans-Fuzja’s once a
month movie club in March, where we planned to watch and discuss Dallas
Buyers Club, a movie that had been criticized throughout the
blogosphere as, once again, putting a trans character in a form of a
prop or plot device used in the movie so that the main character (a
cis man) seems like less of an asshole. The discussion on trans
representation was a very long one and what I would do is just to
invite you to take a look at these two articles – ‘Dallas
Buyers Club’ Fails Trans Actors and Jared
Leto in Dallas Buyers Club: Why can’t we cast trans people in trans
roles?. And additional two cents from me – if a cis actor
receives an award for portraying a trans character just because 'a
trans role is a very hard one’ then that is exploitation and there’s
nothing award-worth in it.
a prop isn’t the kind of trans representation we are all hoping for
in movies. Not only that, I find it quite frustrating that so little
movies are able to portray transition and yet also create a full
three dimensional character. I think currently Amazon’s Transparent is on the right track with that and this
review from Vulture says a lot about how much effort was put into
this project. This is, again, a story of transition with a cis actor
playing a trans person going through the whole process, it is also,
however, a story of family issues, how a family grows and learns to
actually be supportive of their parents and kids. And the struggle of
the main character is real. She is not a prop. She is a person.
of representation got me to where I am today, dreaming a new
story for The Walking Dead’s main characters. But let’s ask ourselves
this – what about trans people in an apocalypse scenario?
Especially in a zombie-themed movie or series. What would be the
struggles of those of us who have somehow transitioned, who needed
hormones to get by? Would some of us actually pass? What would happen
when bodies started changing? What about safety (is there any during
a zombie apocalypse?), relationships or friendships? Is it possible
that a group of survivors willingly accepts a trans person to become
a part of their group? There are so many possible questions to ask and
stories to be told!
my dream the scenario went in different directions. Rick’s
relationship with Shane and Lori and later on with Carl and Judith would
have been much more intense. Grimes’ leadership role would also be
part of his mental work on the fear of losing his physical and
emotional strength (as he does in the actual series!) when hormones would become unavailable. He would do
everything to keep everyone together, just like he now does in the
series, knowing well enough that this could also save his life in the
future. Passing and body issues would follow, and a non-trans focused
series would have a chance to portray dysphoria in its worst –
where survival is less and less probable. Fear of coming out or that someone could actually discover the fact that Rick was a
trans man would leave him to carefully approach anyone, especially
best part about this particular dream is that almost everything
aligns with Rick’s current character. Him being a transsexual man
would not have changed his character in any significant way, except
for some background aspects. Making an interesting three dimensional trans character is not a chore. In fact, it can be pretty easy. All it takes is
effort and knowledge. You need to know what you’re doing.
Take some time to have a gander at The
Switch. It’s going to be pretty awesome.