When Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, the conversation about transgender people exploded in the media. As abrupt as it seemed, that was merely another stepping stone in a growing trend of visibility over the past few years. But where did it come from? How close are we to the turning point on transgender issues? In this episode of the Trans*lation podcast, we seek an answer to that very question. Gender variance has been around for a long time, but only in the past half-century has western society began to bring the conversation to the table.
The episode begins by looking at a brief history of gender variance in western culture, from its origins in mythology to the prominent cases that appeared in the mid-20th century. We then look at how trans issues fit into the larger LGB narrative, given that until relatively recently, homosexuality and transexuality were inexplicably linked. To close out the first half of the episode, we look at the most prominent concerns facing trans people today. Why is visibility important? Knowing how transgender people struggle everyday is part of the civil rights fight.
Trigger warning: This podcast contains discusses violence, transphobia and legal issues.
Here are some resources and references from both part 1 & 2: