The organization GLAAD has recently called for a rating change from R to PG-13 for the movie about a teenage trans boy, and how his mother and grandmother advocate for him, called 3 Generations.
Though this movie has faced controversy for casting a cis-female as a trans boy, it’s a step in the right direction for media representation. This is especially important because it was made for teens and it needs to be available for them.
Join GLAAD in signing their petition here.
(BTW this exact rating change has been done for other movies with content for and about young kids, like the documentary Bully.)
A recent article published by Independent talks about how right-wing blogs are claiming that being transgender is a fad. These blogs say that “Being young and transgender has become the new hotness on the left.”
Lol yeah… of course that nonsense was shut down completely in their refutation, check it out. Here are some great tweets they used to counter that argument.
Maybe I picked today’s topic to be about suicide because I’ve been watching the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” which is about a girl who kills herself, and I wanted to add to the feeling of how important an issue this is. In general, no one should ever feel like they no longer belong in this world. Everyone in this world is given life for a purpose and they need to know that. Whether that is to love, grow, or experience new things. When it comes to the struggles being faced today they also need to know they’re not alone in this world because others may be going through the same things. It’s not worth risking their lives over.
This issue is usually one that people rather not touch. I completely understand as it’s a heartbreaking and painful subject. Even the transgender community are often afraid to speak of it because sadly transgender individuals are at a higher risk of suicide. According to this Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/the-truth-about-transgend_b_8564834.html, 40% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide. This is something that needs immediate attention and we can’t just ignore it. All these individuals want is to be accepted by society for who they are and if they’re not getting that it can drive them over the edge where they might end up doing something drastic like suicide. This is why we need to be there for them more then ever.
The media is trying to promote helping them today with hotlines to call for help and having celebrity advocates. Caitlyn Jenner, who in 2015 made her transition as a transgender women right before our eyes, is an advocate for preventing teen transgender suicide. The more people that can advocate for this the more we can bring awareness on this issue and help transgender individuals never feel rejected in society.
Last Wednesday an episode of the hit reality show “Survivor” aired in which a contest, named Jeff Varner, publicly outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith for being transgender in an attempt to save himself from elimination.
Varner purposely tried to portray Zeke as being a manipulative liar by using his transgender identity against him. Thankfully, his fellow contestants saw through his strategy and voted Varner off the show.
Since then, Varner has been reportedly fired from his job and criticized on social media.
Smith’s attitude towards the episode has reportedly been one of optimism. The show’s host, Jeff Probst, said in an article published by The New York Times that Smith has been trying to make something great from this situation, and we wish him all the best.
As for Mr. Varner:
The film 3 Generations stars Elle Fanning as a female to male transgender teen named Ray. Apparently the film premiered two years ago and pissed people off because Fanning isn’t transgender. I understand why the LGBT community and upset, why not cast a trans kid for a movie about trans people DUH. The film’s director, Gaby Dellal, explains she would definitely cast a trans kid “But finding a kid that hadn’t medically transitioned or hormonally transitioned yet and was in exactly the same time frame as the character of Ray is incredibly hard to find” (VanityFair.com). I understand casting a transgender person for a film like this is much easier said than done. I respect Dellal for not only making this film but for showing compassion and understanding for the LGBT community. The movie is being released in theaters on May 5th!!!! Yay!
(P.S. If you haven’t seen The Danish Girl yet….DO IT….. JUST DO IT!!!)