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I’m Trans, But I’m Not

In this video from BuzzFeed, a digital news and entertainment company, a group of trans men and women challenge stereotypes about trans people, for instance that they are confused, freakish, or damaged. Next, the video asks, “What else are you in addition to being trans?” The interviewees respond with their likes, interests, hobbies, and occupations as well as other identities like “Latina” or “vegan.” Finally, several of the interview subjects state that they are happy to be trans.

discussion

What kind of people do we meet in this video? Who does BuzzFeed cast in the video?

What assumptions do people make about the individuals in this video? How do these people see themselves? Why is the video structured around the statement, “I am, but I’m not…”

How often do you see trans characters in fictional media? Are they usually played by trans actors?

Is it important to have representations of trans people talking about themselves? Why? Why not?