When I’m sad, I watch videos and tv. Unfortunately, trans people aren’t always treated very well in popular media. We’re often depicted as the freaks, the punchline, and the ultimate strike-out when a guy tries to pick up a girl. We have enough shitty things happen to us in real life; we don’t need more of it. That’s why we need more media that makes us feel included, worthy, and empowered.
One of my favorite examples is Her Story, a YouTube mini-series. This show “looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.” You can watch all six parts for free at herstoryshow.com or on YouTube.
There are a lot of things I love about this show. For one, it’s funny as hell. The banter is charming, and I love all the actors. Watching it puts a smile on my face every time. Her Story is just a genuinely fun show to watch, full stop.
Then, of course, it is trans and queer positive (not to mention intersectional, with actors of color including a badass Black protagonist played by Angelica Ross). Written and performed by queer people, it has a sincere and unabashed honesty I fell in love with. It delves into the darker parts of queer life and makes you feel all the things.
This show is also close to my heart because it features my idol Jen Richards, who plays the lovely lady Violet. I’ve always felt really self-conscious about my voice and appearance. Yet watching Jen showed me that those same things I worried about were beautiful. And that maybe people could see me that way.
Her Story is genuine, heartwarming, upbeat, and poignant. It gives trans and queer people a voice, and it should be required watching for everyone.