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GLAAD studies 10 years of transgender portrayals on television and finds them lacking

The CBS drama CSI once featured a transgender serial killer who murdered his own mother. Fox’s The Cleveland Show showed a man vomiting for a lengthy period of time after discovering he had slept with a transgender person. FX’s Nip/Tick had an entire season of a psychopathic trans woman depicted as a baby-stealing sexual predator who sleeps with her own son.

It’s examples like these that illustrate why US television has done such a poor job overall in its portrayals of transgender characters in the past decade, according to a study released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

GLAAD went through 10 years of episodes of transgender-inclusive television episodes (102 in all) and found that more than half (54 percent) were negative representations of transgender people.

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