All this hubbub about the whole Naoto/P4 thing (which as a disclaimer having not played the game I literally have zero opinion on either way) is a good reminder to myself to have more trans/genderqueer characters.
I always just shy away from it because it’s something that I want to be able to give the proper weight to and deal with as respectfully as possible?
I generally go for the ‘show by positive example’ route in my narratives (ie Character A is gay! It’s okay! No one cares because you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that!) so maybe it wouldn’t be so terrible to just do that?
I guess it’s a little tougher since trans* people are already so brutally under-represented in media and I don’t want to come off as flippant or dismissive. Tough decisions. I am also bad at serious things sob. But maybe it would be a good challenge.
(EDIT: I think also it’s frustrating because trans issues seem to get lumped in as being the same as gay issue when they’re not really at all? Unless you are gay and also trans, but I mean still.
It’s also a trickier thing to deal with depending on your setting, since any trans character not in a modern/future setting is pretty limited in how much of their bodies they can change, not to mention the whole ‘easy pass, easy surgery’ tropes that super undermine how hard it isssss? It’s a complex issue, which is why I find it hard to write it as a side-note kind of thing.)