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Top 10 pop culture gender-benders

We’re not going to focus on the negative portrayals of transsexuality, like in PSYCHO, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and the, thankfully cancelled, sitcom Work It. And we’re not focusing on the history of transitioning stories that takes us all the way back to the 1930s when an intersexed, Bohemia-born Zdenka Koubkova went from female running/jumping champion to male cabaret performer. Nor are we going to look at transgender issues in the news, like when the Girls Scouts of Colorado let their first transgender girl into the organization last year or when, two years ago, a federal court ruled in favor of a woman who was fired from her job after coming out as trangender. Nope. In honor of TRANSGENERATION coming back to the Sundance Channel, we’re looking at the top ten positively positive, purely pop-culture gender-bending movies, moments and movers & shakers of the past few decades:

10. “Lola” by the Kinks:

Considered one of “the greatest 500 songs of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine, 1970′s “Lola” dealt with a straight man falling for a transgendered woman without jokes or judgment: “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls / It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world except for Lola / Lo-lo-lo-lo-Lola.”

Read the full Top 10 Pop-Culture Gender-Benders here.

Watch TRANSGENERATION Tuesdays in May at 10P only on Sundance Channel.