Film has played an important role in the public perception of trans people. It is important to understand this role because popular media are among the primary ways that people encounter members of marginalized groups. Trans people and other members of the LGBTQIA+ community also often use popular media texts as sources of role models to help them understand their own experiences. In order to contextualize the role played by film, this entry first considers how representation can help shape perceptions of marginalized groups. It then discusses the history of trans representation in film and the different genres that are prominent in trans films. The entry concludes with a discussion of how the increased presence of trans people in the film industry can help address ...

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