Moving ahead, times changed dramatically as the so called 'reality" talk shows became so popular on daytime television. Every so often transvestites and/or cross dressers would turn up trying to explain the world from their viewpoint. Depending on the show of course, many times the participants ended up being cast in an unkind light.
From there, the shows completely deteriorated into the Jerry Springer show and it's abuse of the transgender community.
All in all, I am sure you all can add in your own transgender influences, good or bad.