But it’s because it makes my brain hurt.
Now I’m not trans. I’m just a friend. I feel I should say this when I’m approaching trans issues because I know how the defenses of allies often read to me, a gay person. I’m just doing my best to examine why a show that makes itself out to be about acceptance goes out of its way every single time to exclude trans identities.
This time around, it’s just bizarre. Sort of like it was in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Episode. I can’t even come up with a good reason why the word “Transsexual” was removed from the lyrics of “Sweet Transvestite” and I can’t come up with a good reason why this verse was removed from the “Born This Way” performance.
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
Now there’s little question that this episode was pretty gay positive. We’ll talk about the word “bi-curious” later. I have a life, you know. (Or I can pretend).
The featured performer in this episode was definitely Kurt. And in this performance, he wears a shirt that says “Likes Boys”.
This verse belonged in the performance.
It’s hard to not suspect it has something to do with the word “transgendered”.
Is this Brad Falchuk, who wrote the episode? Is it down to Ryan Murphy? Or is this a Fox thing?
It makes my brain hurt because Ryan Murphy had pitched a pilot about trans people (which was not picked up, but still) that Dot Marie Jones (who seems like a reasonably sensible human being, actually) speaks of in glowing terms as something that she worked on that really affected her. My nature wants to believe that this is not Glee being transphobic.
I want to believe it’s Fox.
What do you think?