WATCH: New gender diverse TV series to air on Ch31
Channel 31 will screen a brand new TV series next month – Trans-mission – which explores the real world of people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned.
Trans-mission, produced by Bent TV, is a first of its kind and aims to break down stereotypes and preconceptions while celebrating the lives of transgender and gender diverse people.
Themes include growing up gender-questioning, medical procedures and mental health issues. The show will also explore identification issues, relationships, shopping and sexuality.
Secretary of Bent TV and Trans-mission host Sammy Cameron told MCV that although the program includes candid interviews, public commentary and profiles, it is not a documentary.
“It’s about real people; it’s sharing different bits and pieces about what it’s like to be trans,” she said.
“Our discussion on hormones, for example, is just fascinating.”
Cameron said all the gender diverse organisations have gotten behind the project.
“This is an exemplar of how you get different community groups together,” she said.
Seahorse Victoria, Transgender Victoria, Genderqueer Australia, YGender, FTM Shed, Switchboard Victoria and the Zoe Belle Gender Centre all got involved in the program, which has also received a grant from the City of Melbourne.
“It’s really nice, because all the trans groups are small and we all feel so different from everybody else – and we are,” she said.
Watch a preview of Trans-mission
Channel 31 Programming Manager Caitlin Jolly said:
“At C31 we are proud to provide broadcast access to underrepresented communities and we celebrate the diversity of our content. Transgender people are very underrepresented in the media and we are excited to air a program of this genre for the first time on C31.”
Jolly also pointed out that community television doesn’t have a commitment from the government for further funding beyond December, and programs like Trans-mission might not be aired at all.
“Without community television we lose genuine media diversity, a training ground for up and coming television talent, coverage of local events and festivals and a medium for local organisations without access to mainstream media,” Jolly said.
“The Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, is currently considering the future of community television and we are campaigning to have our apparatus licence renewed beyond December 2014.”
Watch a preview of Episode 1 of Transmission
‘Trans-mission’ will air at 10pm on Monday nights from September 1 on Channel 31.