Homosexual activists are applauding the rapidly increasing numbers of "transgender" characters and people on television, but they say there’s much more work to be done.
"Transgender" activists are pleased with the "small but increasingly visible group of transgender women on U.S. TV, as well as a growing number of actors in transgender roles on film and TV screens," but the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said this group is still "a community that is under-represented on television," Reuters reports.
The Reuters story points out that the new season of the CW network program America’s Next Top Model includes a 22-year-old transgender lassielad among the show’s fourteen contenders for the title honor, and that another such individual is competing on VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy. This is in addition to the numerous transgender characters in series such as Dirty Sexy Money, Ugly Betty, and All My Children. (All three series are on ABC, widely acknowledged as the "gayest" TV network.)
Reuters quotes GLAAD spokesman Damon Romine as being very pleased with all the transgender types on TV these days:
"It is an exciting time. This is all really very new in the last two years or so that we are seeing transgender people in a new light," Romine told Reuters.
Despite all this apparently happy news, GLAAD still argues that people who are dissatisfied with their Y-chromosome allotment are underrepresented on TV, as noted earlier. Both GLAAD and other allied groups have continually argued that the U.S. culture as a whole does not pay enough attention to homosexual and transgender people.
The notion that transgender people are underrepresented in today’s U.S. culture is absolutely false. If you doubt that statement, just go to any internet search engine and type the word in. A world of information will greet you in all its glory.
In the Yahoo search engine, a search request for the word ‘transgender’ currently finds 40,200,000 citations, plus 293,415 images and 885 videos. That would seem sufficient for even the greediest consumer of such wares.
What’s more, the claim that transgender folk are underrepresented in the culture would be much less than tragic even if it were true.
The beauty of a cultural marketplace is that it allows people to find what they want and avoid what they don’t like, and the central fact of the Omniculture, as I’ve noted before, is that everything happens.
Hence, if there’s a market for something, it will happen. Thus the huge availability of stuff about transgender people on the Internet.
What bothers the homosexual activists, then, is not that transgender people aren’t appropriately represented in the culture as a whole, for they most certainly are getting plenty of attention. No, what bothers them is that the mass audiences aren’t clamoring for more transgender characters and stories and flocking to those intrepid artists who provide it.
Well, too bad.