The trans glass ceiling in tv

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The Trans Glass Ceiling in TV

Thu 16 May, 17:05 – Event Space, HOME

60 mins - £7/£5 conc

Whilst there has been a slight improvement in representation of trans people in media and discussions around trans issues, it is still one step forward and two steps back when it comes to Trans TV Dramas and programming. Could this be because they are often led by cis gendered (not trans) directors, producers and writers? Trans creatives and activists are too often misrepresented or led into traps by mainstream media. These include auditioning for seemingly great trans roles (and then finding out they slip into the same tired tropes) or invitations to broadcast panels shows (where the panel is mostly made up of bigoted activists) or have their stories told by cis writers and performed by cis actors. Trans people are told to be patient and wait till everyone catches up.


This panel asks how we can speed things along and shatter this trans ceiling. Led by Manchester based organisation Trans Creative, its artistic director Kate O’Donnell will be asking what steps need to be made by the industry to stop the misrepresentation because Trans people deserve better programs.


Kate will be joined by writer James Elizabeth Cook and artist Krishna Istha.

James Elizabeth Cook writes about the ways other people talk about trans identity in Britain today, amongst other things. Since 2017 they have written about unpacking the increasingly hostile nature of media transphobia, the ways video games change how we look at transgender media representation, why so many people think being trans makes you a cyborg, and more. They are based in Nottinghamshire and spend a truly regrettable amount of time on Twitter.

Krishna Istha is a London based actor, writer, live artist and theatre maker. Their performance work looks at transformations (physical/political/collaborative), gender politics & queer culture using subversive text, cabaret elements & comedy. They have performed extensively across the UK, Germany, Australia and USA.


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