The media is often looked at to be an expert source on various topics – or at least it has a strong following for that need. Those in the academic world are well aware that the media tends to over exaggerate or shamefully simplify many aspects of social issues and culture.This applies to transgendered communities as well. Say “transgendered” to a pedestrian on the street, and he or she is mostly likely to respond along the line of “RuPaul” (who is not transgendered, by the way). The jargon of gay, cross dresser, trans are often incorrectly confused into one another.
The inclusion of the actual transgender folks in the media and civil spaces has emerged at a minuscule level. Stacie Laughton is New Hampshire’s first openly elected law maker. This is a progressive indicator of greater tolerance for the transgendered members of society. It is also an opportunity for pro-trans policy. Television in the United States and the movie industry in Bollywood, for example,frequently incorporates transgendered representations. It is interesting to note that in Indian society, gay men are forced apart from society and must adapt the same lifestyle as cross dressers on the city outskirts in poverty.
In India the added expectation of compulsory marriage and male off spring is troublesome and further exclusionary to even these who fit into heterosexual norms (Mitra 406). In societies where the physical presence of transgendered and homosexuals is dangerous (including the United States), cyber space provides safety for networking and advocacy. This anonymity provides security to the writer/speaker while reaching a wider audience. The open dialogue is beneficial to those who seek it both in the community and nonmembers attempting to understand it (Friedman 5). The best solution to deinstitutionalized the lack of understanding is by showing positive transgendered representations on large media platforms.
There is considerable agency given to those diagnosed with gender identity disorder nowadays. There has been a significant decrease in the psychiatric evaluations for those in the process to under go sexual reassignment surgery. This indicates that the disassociation of birth sex is starting to become less stigmatized in the context of heterosexual norms. Transgendered employees are also protected from discrimination, which is an enormous stepping stone for equality and economic well being. Check out the national equality map.