Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TV Series Signal Boost: Her Story

Are people watching Her Story? You should be watching Her Story.

You can watch the first 6 episodes (and hopefully more later!) here, on Youtube. It's a series that "looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity."

The focus of the series is primarily on Violet (Jen Richards) and Paige (Angelica Ross). Violet is a trans woman who is coming to terms with her attraction to women, and in particular, her attraction to a lesbian reporter whom she has befriended.

I'm a fan of the presentation of the trans/cis female same-sex relationship because (a) such a portrayal is so rare in TV/film; (b) it doesn't shy away from acknowledging transphobia within lesbian/bisexual women's communities; (c) it explores why a trans woman might be hesitant to enter into such a relationship; and (c) did I mention Violet is completely adorable? She is. She is completely adorable. I would watch Game of Thrones with her all the Sundays.

Paige, meanwhile, is a heterosexual trans woman who is getting back into dating. She struggles with when/how to tell the man she's dating about her identity, and she's also an attorney for Lambda Legal. I love her character and, well, here's a good summation of her, below. In this clip, she confronts a transphobic lesbian, and it is kind of amazing (content note: transphobia):


Take my advice: binge-watch ASAP.

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