"Some people are displeased that Rayon, in particular, is just another trans sex worker role; another trans addict; another "mystical adviser/comic relief." And another role where the trans person is punished in the end. Those are indeed overrepresented portrayals, and there should be more balance — soon!
But I have known people like Rayon. She is not a made-up grab bag of random hateful attributes. She’s a portrayal of an uncomfortable segment of the trans experience that a few TLGB folks would rather be erased rather than discussed. I think many of the haters hate Rayon because she isn’t beautiful, she isn’t passable, she isn’t gender-binary, she isn’t 2014-political. And when I see that elitist hypocrisy, I’m inclined to push back.
It’s hard being trans, even more so in the era and circumstances of Dallas Buyers Club. I’ve known plenty of trans sex workers, self-medicators, wise teachers, hilarious weirdos, and people taken before their time due to violence and lack of health care. I’ve known trans people very much like Rayon, and maybe if some people got up from their remote activism -devices (computer screens and smartphones) and left their ivory towers and privilege bubbles, they’d meet a few people like Rayon face-to-face too.
Then they could see that a human portrayal of this real segment of the trans community is a good thing, even if it’s by a non-trans person.”
- Calpernia Addams