|Carmen Carrera as waitress|
I would guess that the fact that homosexuals have become visible, makes it much harder to keep up the idea that gay men are sex obsessed, child molesting, auto-erotic perverts, or that all lesbians can be cured by being taken by "a real man".
When the gay come out, the fact that they are complete human beings that cannot be defined by their sexual orientation becomes obvious.
The following TV program seems to indicate that this tolerance also encompasses transsexuals.
ABC is staging a transphobic scene in order to see how ordinary Americans may act, and they do -- in fact -- come to her defense.
It is interesting to note how men, who are supposed to be more prejudiced in this area, decides to defend Chris, the transgender waitress (played by Carmen Carrera, at ranswomen who clearly identifies as "transgender".)
It was Cheryl who made me aware of this video, and she says that she would wish they would "repeat the experiment with a TS who did not pass or who was not good looking."
That would be interesting, as it would indicate if the tolerance also extends to those transwomen who cannot (or will not) live up to the feminine ideal of the day.
The video as it is presented over at ABC.
ABC article on the show.
Carmen Carrera on Facebook.