Writing a transgender character.

In Algonquin Highway, the last time Alex saw her girlfriend Nicky was five years ago. Now, Alex finds Nicky now presents as Nic, a transgender man.

I thought a lot about writing this character, not the least of which was my right to write as a playwright about someone outside my own lived experiences. Finally, I concluded I needed to be respectful and tell the story of a person, of whom being a transgender man is a part.

In this CBC article, Casey Plett has a kind of “new year’s resolution” for writers laying down transgender characters.

 

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