|2020 US stamp of Bugs Bunny crossdressing.|
This is not a prank. The American cartoon character has actually been a positive role model for crossdreamers, queer and transgender people.
In the very interesting Netflix documentary Disclosure, on transgender presentation in American movies and TV, the transgender movie director Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) tells the story about how the Bugs Bunny movie What's Opera Doc? helped her in her transgender journey.
The actor Laverne Cox agrees: "It was just fabulous".
As the documentary explains, most Hollywood representations of crossdressers and transgender people have been transphobic at the core. The positive view of Bugs Bunny may therefore come as a surprise.
US Crossdreamer Stamp
Given that the US Postal Service is now celebrating Bugs Bunny's 80 year anniversary with a series of stamps, two of them depicting him as a crossdreamer, I decided to write more about this over at my Trans Express blog in the article "Bugs Bunny as a Positive Transgender and Queer Role model".
Here I would like to look into how important media coverage is for young trans and queer kids who are trying to find out who they are. They do not read science papers or follow LGBTQA media. They watch cartoons, play games and read comic books, and if they cannot find anything there (or have good friends who can help them), they will have no language to help them.
The young MTF crossdreamers Lilly Waschowski and Laverne Cox watched the cartoon below and saw a male assigned person dress up as a woman with great confidence and with no shame, embodying femininity with impressive bravado and in a positive way.
Sure, today we will probably comment on all the gender stereotypes, but the fact is that Bugs Bunny embodies a proud and beautiful crossdreamer (or crossdresser or drag queen or trans woman) in a way that is affirmative and helpful.