Saturday, May 15, 2010

Family Guy Quiz - Transphobia on TV: Family Guy Introduces a Transgendered Character

Family Guy is gaining substance all over the place. In my post from a couple weeks ago, there was an episode that had a somewhat darker tone to it. This week Family Guy addressed the issue of prejudice towards transgendered people.

The episode, titled "Quagmire's Dad," was centered around Quagmire's father who reveals to be a "woman trapped in a man's body" While there were some insensitive jokes and references in the show, the episode was presented very matter of factly. The character, even after transitioning, was not presented as a caricature of a stereotype. It was a great small step towards eliminating this kind of prejudice.

On a side note, if you'd like to come learn more about LGBT activism, help fight for the inclusion of transgendered individuals in the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and many other issues facing our community, you are in luck! Next week is the Harvey Milk Week of Action here in Chicago, and there are tons of great events planned.

Family Guy Quiz - Which Family Guy Character Are You? CLICK HERE to find out!