Hope

Hi,

This week, the BBC will be running a new show called First Day. Or, more accurately, it’s a show on CBBC, their children’s channel and the drama is about a trans girl’s experiences at secondary school.

In a thankfully increasing trend, the lead trans character isn’t played by a cis actor, but by Evie Macdonald, a openly trans actress.

I am hopeful for this series for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it’s great to see the younger trans community represented: not just from an acting point of view, but because our stories matter. As a kid, while I didn’t have the words to understand my gender variance. I knew that the tranditional binary wasn’t a good fit, but I didn’t have the language or others to look to to inspire me. I would hone in on any media representation, but with TV frequently reflecting society, accurate or positive role models were rarer than a comfortable stiletto.

Given the toxic culture war that seems to have gripped sections of the UK, I think it’s great to see the BBC take a risk and make this available. I hope there are younger folk who will benefit from having a programme where they can identity and empathise with the lead character.

To close on what may feel somewhat of a tangent: I happened to take a punt on watching Henry Rollins’ standup, Keep Talking, Pal. Seriously, if you like an inclusive comedic look at the world, please give the show a watch (it’s on Amazon Prime). At one point Henry states that within our lifetime, the viewership of right wing media will pass away. He adds that this is why they’re so angry and I would add to that by asking, is the war already over? Kids are coming out as different genders. Their sexuality is seems less repressed. I hope so. I hope that this generation – the generation our children are part of – does not have to go through the same sh** we did. I hope they can be themselves.

L x

6 Comments

  1. I’m glad to hear there’s trans programming for younger viewers. I myself am deeply impressed with the humanity of the current young generation and have every hope of a better future with them in charge. The manifest hatred for a kinder world from their grandparents’ generation is an evil that is still to be wiped out and I feel very sorry for youngsters right now. They don’t deserve it. But the current hate may be the catalyst that lets this generation sort out a lot of the messes that have been unjustly left for them. I wish this series well; it would be good if it got positive reviews. Sue x

    1. Yes. Hopefully those of the next generation who will be in a position to influence things, will see where hatred and lies take us socially, politically, environmentally, and economically.

    2. This is a really good sign, both for the future and the BBC. I’m rather surprised how this has rather quietly snuck under the radar without much if any fuss from the usual rabble anti-trans bigots.
      As Sue says, I am impressed by the way the current generation of teens and early twenties seem completely comfortable with the whole idea of gender identity and choice.

      1. Give it a bit of time and the Daily Heil and the Toilet Police will be baying that they’re corrupting the young. 😁

        Given the comments from our children and work colleagues too, it seems the next generation are just getting on with things.

  2. I think for mental health reasons it would be wise to skip Points of View for a bit 😉

    Very impressed and surprised that CBBC can have positive representation, while adult programming goes for sensationalist nonsense whenever a trans character is involved

    1. It’s Points of View still a thing? I still think of it as being hosted by Barry Took.

      I wonder if the programme could save everyone’s time and just reuse the same tired old bigotry that was peddled in the 80s over gay folk on TV. 😛

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