'Lost Girl' Producers Claim no Anti-Transgender Bias Intended After Accusation from GLAAD
The SyFy series Lost Girl has received some criticism for apparent antitransgender bias in its third-season premiere, and now its producers have released a statement saying no such bias was intended.
In the episode, bisexual succubus Bo, who investigates crimes among supernatural beings, is in a prison run by Amazons, the mythical tribe of women warriors, GLAAD reports on its blog. The villainous warden appears to be a woman and claims to be an Amazon but turns out to be biologically male, and the revelation leads the prison guards to attack the warden.
âWhether or not you consider the prison warden to be a transgender character is open to interpretation given that the character is a mythological shapeshifter, but thereâs no mistaking the scene that takes place out at the end of the episode,â GLAADâs blog notes. âThe warden being âdiscoveredâ and then viciously attacked is a scenario tragically based in reality, but here is played out for the enjoyment of the audience. Itâs also evocative of the offensive claim that transgender women are âtrickingâ their way into female-only spaces for perverted or criminal purposes.â
After GLAAD raised the issue, Prodigy Pictures, which produces the series, released a statement saying the warden was intended solely to represent a âmythological shapeshifter known as the Liderc,â as all the showâs episodic characters are based on established mythology. âWe did not intend this character to be seen as a transgender person, we apologize if the character was seen as such,â the statement continues. âWe do hope that you accept that no comparison or discrimination toward the transgender community was intended by the depiction of this mythological character.Lost Girl prides itself on being open and accepting to everyone, and are enthusiastic supporters of the GLBT community.â
GLAAD notes that Lost Girl is a very inclusive show, with strong lesbian and bisexual characters, including Bo, who started a relationship with a woman in the same episode. It also has a large lesbian and bisexual fan base. GLAADâs post closes by expressing hope that the series âwill continue to set a good example in future episodes.â