Exploring the process for naming trans characters, including how to handle deadnames, who some people change their names, and what the meaning behind my own name is!
How we classify identity in books, how SEO makes trans books easy to find (but also ends up "shoving identity in the readers' faces"), and how pressures to meet the needs of broad audiences can impact representation in books. AKA: Far too long a post for such a surface level exploration of the marketing of transgender books.
A thorough explanation as to why you should not kill your trans characters, along with the EXTREMELY few caveat-filled instances where it is moderately acceptable.
The ins and outs of transphobic villains, as well as how to (and if you should) redeem them.
An exploration of what the Model Minority trope is and why perfection isn't always a good thing.
A look into what to do if and when someone says your work is transphobic, or a brief guide to apologies, reparations, and self-improvement.
A brief breakdown of the relationship between trans representation and non-human species in speculative fiction, and why it's not necessarily a good thing to have your non-human characters be transgender.
How to navigate some of the big terms surrounding depictions of marginalized individuals: Visibility, Representation, Appropriation, Fetishization, and Stigma.
How (not) to write a plot that follows a character's journey towards self-acceptance; or, more accurately, how to avoid the struggle narrative.
How to approach LGBTQIA+ identities in your characters; or, more specifically, how to balance between set identifying terms and the fluidity of queer theory.