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.