venort asked:

What advice would you give to someone planning on writing a trans character?

gailsimone answered:

None. I wouldn’t give any advice because I am not an expert in any way.

I would suggest that they do some reading up on the subject, there are a lot of great trans resources and a bunch of wonderful tumblr blogs where they talk about this every day. 

You would be a thousand times better served listening to people who are vastly more informed and articulate than I am, trust me. They have their own voices and that’s who you should listen to, I promise.




I have enough time today to spend my time, answering this question before I get to other tasks today so here it goes venort…

Well I think it’d be easier to not recreate stereotypes, if you made multiple trans characters. Some non-binary trans characters, and some binary trans characters. Also make them come in multiple shapes and sizes /etc/.

Also break stereotypes about all CAMAB people having similar body types to other CAMAB people, and all CAFAB people having similar body types to other CAFAB people.

Also make some (but not all) of the trans CAMAB characters very short small and dainty, and some (but not all) of the trans CAFAB characters very large tall and solidly built, as well as some very large tall trans CAMAB characters and very small short trans CAFAB characters.

Make some characters early transitioners, and some of them late transitioners, and at least some of the late transitioners look very much like most cis people to break the stereotype that all late transitioners are highly visible.

Make some characters who only transition socially, and some who only transition medically. Also make some trans characters who don’t transition medically and don’t transition socially.

Also make some of them queer, bisexual, pansexual, gay or lesbian, and make some of them heterosexual, and some of them asexual. Also try to make sure the majority of the characters (including trans characters) aren’t white, if any of them are at all.

Also make some of the characters have disabilities, some not obvious, and make some characters who aren’t skinny. Also make some characters experience dysphoria, and some of them not experience dysphoria, and make them experience dysphoria about different things.

Also make some of the characters religious, and some of the characters agnostic or atheist so it doesn’t contribute to stereotypes of ALL trans people being atheists/non-religious/agnostics OR all trans people being religious.

Also be sure to have some of the characters intersex, and some dyadic, and again, with some of them being in both groups being gender binary and some of them not, to break more harmful stereotypes.

Also be sure to have genderfluid characters. Make sure to have some gender ambiguous characters, to break the stereotype that you can tell someone’s gender just by their presentation, or what they look like. (And please make sure a lot of those characters, are trans CAMAB/transfeminine/trans women as well). (And please be sure lots of the trans CAMAB characters have autism, cause more stereotypes in need of breaking).

Also make some of the characters look very similar to other characters with different genders, and make a point that some of them don’t feel dysphoria about this, and some of them do.

Also while making some girly girl trans women, and some manly man trans men, also make some very butch trans women, and very feminine trans men as well. And make sure not all trans women have long hair, and that not all trans men have short hair.

Also for medically transitioning characters, be sure to make characters that have very different reasons for going on HRT. Including some who go on HRT just cause it feels like an improvement albeit with downsides. Also make some characters who didn’t know they were trans for a long time.

Just like cis women sometimes live publicly perceived as cis men, and cis men sometimes live publicly perceived as cis women, there are also trans women who are publicly perceived as cis men, and trans men who are publicly perceived as cis women. Not everybody expresses themselves in such a way, as to make their gender visible.

If you want to do anything groundbreaking, and possibly destroy a lot of common misconceptions about trans people, I strongly suggest you make a bunch of trans characters, rather than just one, and at the very least, give all those characters the diversity I described here.

I suggest you also ask some other trans people other than myself, more before going through with all this, but I strongly suggest you at least try to make a bunch of diverse characters as I described.

On the topic of character variety, not EVERY character needs to be trans.

Also, there aren’t many genres where authors write 20+ characters just to draw attention to their variety of mental disorders and sexual and religious preferences.

Please don’t listen to this person, I actually looked at privillagepeople's blog, and it appears to be an anti-social justice “Mens rights activist” blog, just so people know in advance. Also this person just basically, called either being trans or autistic (or both) a disorder.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with trans people, Autism IS a neural development disorder, and her advice in writing a trans character was to make a different trans character for multiple races (but not white because white people are bad apparently), multiple builds, multiple religious beliefs, multiple sexual preferences, and varying amounts of dysphoria.

I mean, am I wrong about any of this?

P.S.: Thank you for being the first tumblrite to call me out as a MRA. I’ll never forget you.

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