… how many fictional films have EVER featured two trans women discussing something other than gender, presentation or men?
…how many have even featured more than one named trans character at all?!
Different For Girls – One trans character (plus DI Lestrade!)
Boys Don’t Cry – One trans character (gets killed!)
Transamerica – One named trans character (happily endures ridiculous levels of gatekeeping!) … there’s a scene with a bunch of minor trans characters, but they only talk about transition itself.
The Crying Game – One trans character (is treated brutally, being repeatedly beaten and assaulted!)
Gun Hill Road – One named trans character (also brutalized and assaulted, one scene rather perfectly mirroring a similar one from The Crying Game!) … one additional unnamed trans character, who only interacts with the protagonist to assist with transition, in a shady and dubious way.
Better Than Chocolate – One trans character
Bad Education – One trans character (gets killed!)
The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole – One trans character (gets killed!)
The Badge – One trans character (whose death drives the plot!)
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – One trans character
Breakfast On Pluto – One trans character
Dog Day Afternoon – One trans character
Dressed To Kill – One trans character (horribly offensive!)
Ma Vie En Rose – One trans character
Normal – One trans character
The World According To Garp – One trans character
Myra Breckinridge – One trans character
And for TV?
Queer as Folk (US) – Two named trans characters over the course of 5 (6?) seasons (one a recurring minor background role that is portrayed very insultingly, never interacts with another trans person. And one other trans character with a minor role in one single episode, also a highly insulting portrayal)
The L Word – One trans character (not as bad as Queer As Folk, but still pretty bad)
Degrassi – One trans character
Ally McBeal – One trans character (mostly played for laughs)
Dirty Sexy Money – One trans character
And of course lots of victims of the week in shows like CSI and Law & Order: SVU, some characters in Nip / Tuck, lots of soap operas like Coronation Street with Harley Cropper, and some really really awful portrayals for comedy on shows like South Park, Soap, The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Always one at a time.
Basically? We are eternally only the single, solitary trans person in the entire universe, perpetually trying to fit ourselves into a cis world.
The only ones I can think of that pass my little trans Bechdel test?
Hedwig And The Angry Inch, which happens to include a few honest, genuine interactions between Hedwig and her guitarist, implied to be a trans man. And kind of sort of Ticked Off Trannies With Knives.
And here is an absolute must read, “Things I’m Expected To Do For Cis People In Return For Them Not Hating Me: An Angry List“, from Radical Trans-Feminist.