It’s a Start

This holiday season, for the first time ever, LGBTQ characters are beginning to show up in made for television movies on major networks such as the “Hallmark Channel.” Overall, seven were mentioned in the post I read. The photo below comes from the “Christmas House.” 

That’s all well and good as the “G” is featured as a subplot in the show, the “T” in all the shows featured for their diversity, only one had a transgender character, Candis Cayne..  (below). It’s called “I Hate New Years”

I suppose it is a start. Of more interest to the transgender community would be a story of how a trans character gathered her courage and came out to her family during a holiday family get together. My confession is I never had the courage to do it. When I told my brother and sister in law who inherited the annual dinner by default when my wife died about me being transgender, they basically told me not to come as my true self. That was it, I haven’t seen them since. On the other hand, here is Connie’s experience:

” It was a Thanksgiving Day, more than a few years ago, that I made my physical appearance as my true self to my family. My “secret” had long been let out by that time, but it was also past time that I should have normalized myself to those most dear to me. For myself, it had become abnormal to keep my female and male selves separate – because they had actually become melded into the person I am. As normal as I felt my womanhood was to me, it would never be normalized until it could be perceived as normal by others – especially by my family. While it is one of the regrets I have that I never made an attempt to normalize the relationship with my mother as her daughter, it was my desire to not have further regrets, after her death, that I felt the need to be completely open with the rest of my family.”

Thanks for the comment! 

Maybe next year, The Hallmark Channel will feature a story like Connie and my story will be much different.  The “T” will be better represented in the LGBTQ community.

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