Thursday Dec 17, 2020

St. Elsewhere's Transgender Storyline

We are doing a deep dive into LGBTQ TV lore by exploring one of the all-time greats in the medium, St Elsewhere, which aired a transgender storyline all the way back in 1983. We are joined by Jessica Halem, former director of LGBTQ Outreach & Engagement for Harvard Medical School and tireless advocate for inclusivity in medicine, to help understand evolution of the medical community toward gay & transgender patients over the past few decades. Jessica shares so many great insights from her career, helping put these episodes into context.

We'll be talking about the episodes 12-13, "Release" & "Family History," from St. Elsewhere's first season. Both episodes can be watched on Hulu. Ian highly recommends the series as a whole, which features Denzel Washington, Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr., and William Daniels (Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World) in starring roles.

You can learn more about Jessica on her website and on Twitter @jessicahalem

Jessica's partner Jen Manion appeared on an earlier episode of EI promoting their book Female Husbands.  

St. Elsewhere title card courtesy of MTM Enterprises

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