For the longest time, cinema and TV shows have perpetuated stereotypes about the transgender community, and minimised their experience. Trans people have been the subject of comedy or they have been villainised. However, cinema is slowly and steadily involving and there are many notable films and TV shows that capture the trans experience with sensitivity and empathy.
These stories feature artists from the trans community, which helps capture their stories accurately and authentically.
There have still been some setbacks, especially the recent controversy linked with the Dave Chapelle comedy special on Netflix. The comedian came under fire for his derogatory comments targeting trans people.
In light of the incident, here are a few silver screen works where trans lives have been portrayed with the sensitivity and understanding the community is owed.