May 12, 2013
Lalola: What Transgender Characters Always Get Wrong
However, it makes a gigantic mistake. The same mistake that most movies and tv series about transgender people make.
After the initial shock wears off and she adjusts to such problems as how to walk in high heels, Lalo adopts a new identity as Lola, who takes over the magazine. Newly aware of sexism, she changes the editorial focus, and meanwhile falls in love with hunky coworker Facundo (Luciano Catro).
Have you figured out the mistake yet?
How about now?
In the Philippine version, Lalola, Lalo (Wendell Ramos) is transformed by a distinctly Filipino magical being. This time she has a gay best friend (Keempee de Leon), but she still falls in love with Facundo (JC de Vera, top photo).
Mass media always gets this wrong. Whether they change through magic or sex-reassignment surgery, transmen and transwomen always are attracted to the "opposite sex."
It's pure heterosexism. Producers believe that no gay people exist, that same-sex desire does not and cannot exist, so all men are attracted to women, and all women to men. So if a man becomes a woman, she must necessarily desire men.
At least the Greek version featured Yannis Spaliaris as a hunky model who vies for Lola's affection.