There are a lot of people who seem to wonder why the trans community gets their knickers in a bunch when shows like Work It or when games like Dragon Age II represent transgendered people in a comical light. Oh, that man is in a dress, that's funny. Oh, that woman has a deep voice, that's funny too. Sometimes that's all that's to the joke too. A guy in a dress. Work It's comedy depended on people thinking that one fact was funny to hold the show together. And ABC publicly commented that it didn't think there was anything wrong with that. It matters because we're human beings. We're not fictional. We're not like the aliens or monsters that you kill in a video game. We don't disappear when you turn off your game or take out the movie. We're real, living people. As human beings, trans people deserve dignity and respect. I'm not without a sense of humor, but when the majority of your representation in the media is a joke, it grates on your nerves. This isn't about having a sense of humor, it's about having to put up with people pointing at you and your community and laughing at you constantly. Anyone would get tired of that. The truth of the matter is that most people wouldn't pick me out of a crowd as being transgendered. I fit in pretty well with the female crowd. For good reason too because I'm a beautiful, confident girl. I don't stick out like a sore thumb at all, like most people think trans people do. I'm not an unusual case, either. There's a lot of trans people out there that no one would guess are transgendered. What should matter most about this unfair portrayal of trans people in the media is that the media is what most people use as their window into the world. If the media displays trans people as the punchline of a joke, that's how people will see us in the real world. Honestly, people often don't know any better. Most may never even meet a trans person, so they don't have anything to gauge the reality from fantasy. I think that if there were more accurate portrayals of trans people in the media, it would be a big step for people to begin to see that we're not a joke. When we're depicted as being nothing more than "men in dresses" it hurts the progress we're trying to make in being taken seriously. You may not think that it's a big deal. You may even think that's it's a rare thing and maybe I should "grow a thicker skin," but perhaps that's because you don't don't have to deal with it on a daily basis.