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21 December 2014

Some Events of 2014: Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema

Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons,
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, Magasines & Newspapers, Journal Articles & Studies,
Part 10: Archives, Theses, Books.


Facebook greatly expanded pronoun and gender options.

As did Google+

Facebook decided that legal names would be required on profiles which affected a variety of users. Drag queens made the most fuss until the policy was reversed. "Facebook has offered a genuine apology and agreed that our real names are the ones we make for ourselves".

Jaden Remy joined private Facebook group All Transmen Know Each Other. His name and photograph were taken to sell prosthetic penises. When he objected he was banned and blocked.

Eva – a transgender voice training App. Newsarticle.

9,000+ responses on Reddit on how to cope with a magical change to female, and not one consulted a real-world trans person.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde erroneously revealed 86 email addresses of trans clients by not using the BCC feature.

Lauren Voswinkel is building Transgress, "a tool that lets people bypass web filters to access sites about transgender issues and only transgender issues".

Art, Photography & Exhibits

  • Mariette Pathy Allen. TransCuba. Daylight Books, 2014.
Allyson Hamblett, artist.

April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady. Museum of Liverpool. September 2013 – December 2014.

Bettina Rheims' photographs of those who flee the categorization of being male or female.

Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture, San Diego Comic Con, Thursday, July 24.

Gabrielle Le Roux, Cape Town, exhibited in New York.

Pep Bonet's photographs of Brazil: Transgressing gender norms can have consequences.

Photographs of the aging from Home of the Golden Gays, Pasay, Philippines.

Paola Revenioti exhibited her photographs at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar, 19 October-3 November 2013. In November 2014 the collection was shown in Cyprus, where the exhibition was raided by the police on TDOR after one complaint was received.

Reinas de Quito, photographs by Raul Chacon of Quito's drag queens at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo.

Sakimichan has gender-switched Disney characters.

Wynne Neilly, Toronto, self portraits, Female to 'Male

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, transitioning in opposite directions, had their photographs of their transitions exhibited as part of Biennial 2014 at The Whitney Museum of American Art from March 7 to May 25.

16 Beautiful Portraits Of Humans Who Happen to Be Trans.

PHOTOS: Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say “Mmmm!”

How Lucien Freud turned Jerry Hall into a man.


Stephanie Hirst, presenter of a breakfast show on Capital FM Yorkshire, is in transition. More.

Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, hosts of the The Breakfast Buzz on 98.9 FM, WBZA, Rochester, New York, "“you’re probably a nut job to begin with” if you’re seeking reassignment surgery. They were fired a day later. In September they had a new afternoon show on 95.1 The Brew.

The Rush Limbaugh Program, May 29, 2014. A woman, Tina, objects to his linking of same-sex marriage and trans rights, he pretends not to know that 'tranny' is controversial, and he asks how a trans woman might 'trick' a man into having sex. NewsArticle.



Trans playing trans

Brothers. Dir/scr: Emmett Lundberg, with Emmett Lundberg as Jack, Jamie Casbon as Davyn, Hudson Karkowski as Aiden and Will Krisanda as Max. US 8 episodes 2014. A web series about four trans-masculine friends in Brooklyn. IMDB NewsArticle.

Emmerdale. UK ITV 1972 – now. Long-running soap recruited Samantha Valentine for one day's work as a barmaid in a scene where women compete to get other women's phone numbers leading up to the punch line: ‘That’s not fair, that’s a he not a she’. With the help of Press for Change, Valentine complained and the scene was cut.

The Fosters. Created: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg. With Tom Phelan as Cole. US ABC Family 2 seasons 2013-14. IMDB Cole is a teenage trans boy.

New Tricks. Scr: Nigel McCrery, Roy Mitchell. Episode 11.5. "London Underground" with Adèle Anderson as Cecily Watkins, a trans woman among the suspects. UK BBC 60 mins 15 Sep 2014.
BBC A murder mystery of art, occult and the hidden underground Fleet river. Review.

Orange is the New Black Creator: Jenji Kohan, with Lavern Cox as Sophia Buset. US Netflix 3 seasons 40 episodes 55 mins each IMDB Cox was nominated for an Emmy for this role. Wikipedia.


Bananas. Scr: Russell T. Davis, with Bethany Black as Helen. UK Channel 4 2015. IMDB
Underage & Gay and My Million View Sex Change "a project showing young women using Testosterone Diaries to record online the progress of their sex changes " Also Channel 4.
Boy Meets Girl. Created: Elliot Kerrigan, dir/scr: Eric Schaeffer, with Rebecca Root (18 on IOS Rainbow List) as Judy. BBC 2015. Newsarticle. IMDB.
Sense8. Dir/scr: The Wachowskis and others. US Netflix 2015. Wikipedia. IMDB. Includes scenes shot at the Fresh Meat Festival in San Francisco.

Cis playing trans

Carlotta. Dir: Samantha Lang, scr: David Hannam, with Jessica Marais as Carlotta and Kai Lewins as Richard (young Carlotta). Australia ABC1 19 June 2014. A drama based on the life of Sydney showgirl Carlotta. It is ironic that Carlotta, who pioneered trans playing trans in 1973, is now portrayed by a cis actor. Drag artist Courtney Act had been initially announced for the part. IMDB Newsarticle.

The Centre, Created by Marian Cullen & Warren Meyler, with Gary Cooke as Nuala Mooney. Ireland RTE2 1 season 6 episodes 2014. A comedy set in a community centre in north Dublin with Nuala as a stereotyped trans character played for laughs. Travellers and Muslims are also laughed at. IMDB Newsarticle Newsarticle   TENI.

Coronation Street. UK ITV 1960 – now. Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, was the first trans character in a UK soap in 1998. In January, suffering from cancer, Hayley chose to end her life, and was commemorated with a Humanist funeral. Newsarticle. Comment by Hesmondhalgh.

Dr Who. UK BBC 26 seasons 1963-now 26/8.11. "Dark Water" The Master now played by Michelle Gomez and previously by 8 different male actors, last seen in 2009, has regenerated as a woman.

Hollyoaks. UK Channel 4/E4 1995 – now. Created by Phil Redman, with Modupe Adeyeye as Blessing Chambers who reveals her past when investigated. Paris Lees also makes a quick appearance. NewsArticle.

Orphan Black with Tatiana Maslany as a series of identical clones. In Episode 2.8 one of them is a trans man. BBC3 2014 Newsarticle.

Transparent. Dir/scr: Jill Soloway, with Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, trans actress Alexandra Billings as Davina and trans actor Ian Harvie as Dale. Advised by Jennifer Finney Boylan, Zachary Drucker, Rhys Ernst. US Amazon 10 episodes 2014. Newsarticle.    Interview with Alexandra Billings.   Our Lady J hired as writer for second season.


Three Generations. Dir Gaby Dellal, scr: Nikole Beckwith, with Elle Fanning as a trans boy just starting transition and Naomi Watts as his mother. Newsarticle. IMDB

Trans playing cis

American Horror Story: Freak Show. Creators: Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy, with Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. US FX 13 episodes 2014. IMDB Newsarticle.

Trans being themselves

Lt Col Cate McGregor. "Call Me Cate". Australian Story, ABC1 29 mins 4 Mar 2014. Full Version.

Conchita Wurst, bearded and in drag, the Austrian entry, won The European Song Contest in 2014 held in Copenhagen. Russia, Belarus and Armenia had protested and threatened to block the broadcast. Paris Lees' comment.   Dusty O's comment.    Zagria's historical summary.

Dana International hosted Yeshnan Banot on Channel 24 in January.

Don/Dawn Ennis, ABC News assignment editor, after transition, detransition and transition again, was fired.

Dennis Croft, a security guard is one of several people featured inSmall Town Security, a docu-reality series filmed in a small town in US Georgia. US AMC 3 seasons 2012-4. IMDB    Newsarticle.

Grayson Perry's Who Are You? Episode 1, Grayson explores identity, with Alex White among others. Channel 4 22 October 2014 Newsarticle.

Irish Lives: My Transgender Journey, documentary with Louise Hannon, Sam Balancksee transitioning at 19 with strong parental support, and Kay Bear Boss from Indiana whose mother back home is getting her birth certificate changed. Ireland, TV3 April 16 2014. Newsarticle.   Newsarticle

Jamaica's Underground Gays. Dir: Andrew Carter. Channel 4 Unreported World 2014. IMDB Newsarticle   Full version.

Kellie Maloney was on Celebrity Big Brother 14 with. Channel 5 Aug-Sep 2014. The fifth evictee. Newsarticle.

Lady Valour: The Kristin Beck Story. Dir: Sandrine Orabona & Mark Herzog. US CNN, Sept 4 2014. Newsarticle   More

True Trans with Laura Jane Grace. US AOL 2014. IMDB   Newsarticle.

Lavern Cox Presents: The T Word . US MTV/Logo 2014. Documentary about 7 young trans persons. Newsarticle   LogoTV

On 11 August 2014 BBC's Newsnightattempted to set a discussion re the boxing promoter and UKIP candidate, Kellie Maloney, who had recently come out as trans. They approached some feminists such as Julie Bindel and Sarah Ditum, but based on previous experience none of them would have anything to do with the topic. Therefore Newsnight settled on two trans women and one trans man: Miranda Yardley, Paris Lees and Fred McConnell. Paris took umbrage with the lineup and tweeted that she was “not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves". Fred tweeted that it was a “TERF-filled trap”. Then Newsnight had to inform Miranda that the proposed session was cancelled. Miranda's version.

Padmini Prakash, 31, Lotus News, Tamil Nadu, became first trans TV news anchor in India. More.
The Pearl of Africa. Dir: Jonny von Wallström, with Cleopatra Kambugu. Life in Uganda Web TPOATV 7 parts 2014. Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle

Panti Bliss, Dublin, appeared on RTÉ's The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O'Connor where they discussed homophobia and Panti alleged that some individuals (David Quinn, founder of the Iona Institute, Irish Times columnists John Waters and Breda O’Brien, and Institute members Dr Patricia Casey, Dr John Murray and Ms Maria Steen) involved in Irish journalism were homophobic. Those mentioned threatened RTÉ and Panti with legal action. RTÉ subsequently removed that section of the interview from their online archive. On 25 January episode of the Saturday Night Show, O'Connor issued a public apology on behalf of RTÉ to those mentioned by O'Neill in the interview held two weeks previously. RTÉ paid €85,000 to those named. On 1 February 2014, Panti gave a speech at the Abbey Theatre in response which garnered over 200,000 views in two days. As of March 2014 the video has over 600,000 views.

Piers Morgan, CNN, Interview with Janet Mock. “Why Is It So Offensive To Just Say That Transgender Women Grew Up As Boys?”

Pointless. BBC game show. Stephanie, a contestant, was met by transphobic Tweets. Richard Osman, co-host, Tweeted in her defence.

Rafalala, a 'transsexual poet' and Artur Zawisza, leader of Poland's far-right National Movement, were on a live TV show on Polsat News. Zawisza stormed out when she threw water in his face after he called her a "whore".

Stephen Fry's Out There in which Stephen visits LGBT persons around the world. Part 2 in India features Hijras.


Aab Tak, Pakistan opened transmission with ‘Ladies, Gentlemen and She-males’, and then the show Khufia bullied trans persons on the streets of Karachi. Ansar Burney, "human right activist and physician" said trans is "psychological misbehaviour" and that trans persons could be agents of foreign countries.
Michelle Demishevich, Turkey's only openly trans broadcaster was fired.


Woody Talkshow, MTV Thailand, asked if a kathoey can be a monk.


Barneys, New York used photographs by Bruce Weber.

Indian trans women urge motorists to use seatbelts:


Tobi Hill-Meyer makes feminist trans women porn.

Tranny Awards renamed to Transgender Erotica Awards (


Trans Playwrights & Actors

Maids! The Transgender Version. Dir/scr: Aleksa Lundberg, with Aleksa Lundberg. Stockholm's Theatre three. GVWW

Bayside: The Musical. Presented by National Lampoon. Dir/.scr: Bob & Tobly McSmith. Theater80, 80 St Marks Pl (1st Ave). December 17-20.

On a Stool at the End of the Bar. Dir: Michael Parva scr: Robert Callely, with Antoinette Thornes as Chris, living in stealth with three teenagers and a boyfriend of 10 years. Nov 30 – Dec 14 off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theatres.

Jo Clifford has adapted Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (opening in February) and several of her plays are being revived by other thespians.

Cis Playwrights & Actors Exploring Gender Options

Hamlet. Dir: Sarah Frankcom, scr: William Shakespeare, with Maxine Peake as Hamlet. Several other characters also cross-cast. Manchester Royal Exchange. Review. There have been female Hamlets back to the 18th century. This is a fine example.

Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy. Dir: Shirley Serotsky, scr: Leah Napolin, based on the short story by Isaac Singer, music by Jill Sobule, with Shayna Blass as Yentl. Theatre J, Washington. Review.

Casa Valentina. Dir: Joe Mantello, scr: Harvey Fierstein, with Patrick Page as George (Susanna Valentina), Mare Winningham as his wife Rita, Reed Birney as Charlotte (Virginia Prince). Manhatten Theater Club, April-June 2014. Website. Newsarticle. Wikipedia. A gay appropriation of heterosexual cross-dressing – but who else would do it? The first dramatization of the FPE-TriEss story.

Kava Girls. Dir & Scr: Sani Muliaumaseali'l, with AJ LeRoy as Sinalei, Ninotchka Tingleff, as Debra. World premiere is set for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 10 - Aug 25. Newsarticle. Samoan Fa’afafine struggle to start in London's West End theatre.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchell, who along with Stephen Trask created the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will return to the stage as the titular East Geman-trans-punk rocker after Michael C. Hall finishes his turn as Hedwig.


Actor Rüzgar Erkoçlar, Turkey, having completed transition, was summoned for military service, but the military medical board found him 'not suitable for military service'.

Bobby Darling has announced that she will not be pursuing transgender surgery if it results in less work.

Kay Brown on why Tootsie and Mrs Doubtfire are transphobic.

Jonathan Demme, director of Silence of the Lambs, now understands why the film was considered transphobic.

Paris is Burning, 24 years later.

Trans Playing Trans

Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (Me, Myself and Mum). Dir/scr: Guillaume Gallienne, with Guillaume Gallienne as himself and as his mother. France 85 mins 2013. IMDB Newsarticle. An autobiographical film by Guillaume who did not like boyish things, but did like dance and women's clothes. Mother tells him that he is gay, and was annoyed when he dated women and married one.

Quick Change. Dir/scr: Eduardo Roy Jr., with Mimi Juareza as Dorina Pinedo, Shola Luna (Miss Gay Philippines 1982), Francine Garcia (Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013) as Hazel, Migs Cuaderno as Hiro, Barbie Anderson as Madame Lilia. Philippines 82 mins 2013. Dorina, trans herself, provides collagen injections for pageant queens. IMDB    Trailer    Review    Review    Wikipedia. Mimi Juareza won "best actor" at the Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Shirts vs Skins. Dir/scr: Terésa Dowell-Vest, with Tajir S. Hawkins as Dale Michels. US 23 mins 2013. IMDB Full film

Cis Playing Trans/Intersex

Une nouvelle amie/The New Girlfriend Dir/scr: Francois Ozon short story by Ruth Rendell, with Romain Duris as widowed new father David who starts cross-dressing. France 105 mins 2014. IMDB   Trailer   Wikipedia

Bruno and Earlene go to Vegas. Dir/scr: Simon Savory, with Miles Szanto as Bruno, Ashleigh Sumner as Earlene. UK/US/France 95 mins 2013. Two persons on a road trip, one of whom, Bruno. is intersex. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Review

Hai-Hil/Man on High Heels. Dir/scr: Jin Jang, with Cha Seung-won as Ji-wook. South Korea 139 mins 2014. Tough cop wants to be a woman. IMDB    Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle  KoreanFilm   Wikipedia.

Pierrot Lunaire. Dir: Bruce La Bruce, poem: Albert Giraud, music: Arnold Schoenberg, with Susanne Sachße as Pierrot. Canada/Germany 51 mins 2014. The queercore version with Pierrot as a trans man. IMDB    Trailer   Newsarticle    Wikipedia

Più buio di mezzanotte/Darker than Midnight Dir/scr: Sebastiano Riso with Davide Capone as Davide Italy 98 mins 2014. Androgynous Davide runs away from home and is adopted by street queens. IMDB   Trailer   Newsarticle   Wikipedia


Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne (a cis male) as Lili Elbe (Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Gwyneth Paltrow etc had previously been proposed for the part). US 2015. IMDB

Trans Playing Cis


Dirty. Dir: Daniel Ringey, scr: Benjamin J Alexander, with Chaz Bono as Jerry the Hoader. US 90 mins 2015. IMDB Newsarticle

Trans Being Themselves

52 Tuesdays. Dir Sophie Hyde, scr: Matthew Cormack, with Tilda Cobham-Harvey as Billie and Del Herbert-Jane as her mother James. Australia 109 mins 2014. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle Billie meets her mother one day each week as the latter becomes a man.

Better Things, Dir: Maria Cabardo, with Jeffrey Catherine Jones. US 2014. GVWW   IMDB   Website   Trailer. The life of the fantasy artist.

Bevor der letzte Vorhang fäll /Before the Last Curtain Falls, Dir & scr: Thomas Wallner, with Vanessa van Durme, Andrea De Laet, Griet De Backer. Canada/Belgium/Germany 92 mins 2014. Six ageing gay men, drag queens and trans women who are touring Europe in a dance performance called Gardenia. IMDB   Website    Trailer   Review  Review

Boy. Dir: Stammen, with Laura Hancock as Emilie. Denmark 16 mins 2014. Full film   Newsarticle

Chuppan Chupai/Hide and seek. Dir: Saad Khan and Saadat Munir. Pakistan 68 mins 2013. Secret, yet open lives of a group of Pakistani sexual minorities, while raising questions about trans activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of trans people in urban Pakistan. IMDB   Trailer   Newsarticle

Heaven's Gate. Dir: Coco Solid. NZ 2014. The annual FAFSWAG Ball in South Auckland, an event which celebrates the city's thriving fa'afafine and transgender scene. Website   Trailer   Newsarticle

I am the T. Dir: Tony Zosherafatain. US 2014. Trailer   Newsarticle

Karma. Dir: Vana Hem with Krel Pao, with appearance by rights activist Sou Sotheavy and the founder of rights group Licadho, Pung Chhiv Kek, as well as a monk, Ioeung Harmony, who preaches acceptance of LGBT people. . Cambodia 39 mins 2014. NewsArticle

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger. Dir/scr: Sam Feder, with Kate Bornstein, Justin Bond, Sandy Stone. US/Canada 72 mins 2014. IMDB   Website   Trailer

Kumu Hina. Dir: Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, with Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (see Part 4 under Provincial Politics). US/Fiji 75 mins 2014. A mahu Hawaiian inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles with her own relationship. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle

The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies. Dir/scr: Jean Donohue, with James Herndon. US 90 mins 2014. LGBT lives in Lexington, Kentucky. IMDB   Website   Newsarticle   Proposal

Mala Mala. Dir: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, with Denise “Sandy” Rivera, Ivana Fred, Samantha Close, Soraya Santiago Solla, Alberic Pradoc, April Carrion, Queen Bee Ho, Sophia Voines, Paxx Moll. US 90 mins 2014. Life in Puerto Rico. IMDB   Website   Trailer  Newsarticle Review

Next Goal Wins. Dir: Mike Brett & Steve Jamison, with Jaiyah Saelua (see Part 4:Sports). UK 97 mins 2014. Turning the American Samoa football team from perennial losers – with a trans woman on team. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Wikipedia

Mr Angel. Dir Dan Hunt, with Buck Angel, Elayne Angel, Tyra Banks, Dan Savage. US/Canada/Germany/Mexico 68 mins 2013. IMDB   Website   Trailer  Newsarticle  Review

My Prairie Home. Dir/scr: Chelsea McMullen, with Rae Spoon. A concert tour of the prairies, Canada 76 mins 2014. IMDB  Website   Trailer  Review  Wikipedia.

One Zero One. Dir: Tim Lienhard, with Morrocan/German Mourad Zerhouni/BayBjane & Antoine Timmermans/Cybersissy. Germany 90 mins 2014. Multi-disabled Mourad was adopted by drag queen Antoine who helped him develop his own drag persona. IMDB   Website   Trailer

Shunned. Dir/scr: Janice Villarosa, with Mimi Juareza. Philippines/US 70 mins 2014. IMDB   Newsarticle

TransMormon. Dir: Torben Bernhard, with Eri Haywards. US 15 mins 2014. IMDB   Website  Full film   Newsarticle   Newsarticle.

A Woman with a Past. Dir: Gwen Haworth, with Vancouver poet activist Antonette Rea. Canada 10 mins 2014. IMDB Website   Trailer  Newsarticle.

Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens. US Vice 25 mins 2014. IMDB   Full film   Newsarticle Newsarticle

Who We Become. Dir: Adam Perez & Jan Hendrik Hinzel, with Jace Jones, Kim Watson-Benjamin, Cris Benjamin, Daisey Lopez. US 2014. Life in New York. Website   Trailer   Newsarticle.

Zanderology. Dir/scr: Megan Rohrer, with Zander Keig. US 42 mins 2014. IMDB   Clip   Newsarticle.

Spouses of Trans

The Dog. Dir: Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren, with John Wojtowicz. US 100 mins 2014. Documentary about the main protagonist in the Dog Day Afternoon robbery. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Review

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