Today on pg. 19, Daily News, "Transsexual flipped over will sez mom" (sic) is another stupid article that portrays trans people as criminal derelicts.
However there are alternatives, and people working to change that sterotype with the mainstream. Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Sofia Quintero (who also goes as pen name Black Artemis), author of the currently released chica novel, Divas Don't Yield. Quintero was is the subject of the current Gothamist interview, where she mentioned having a trans character in her next book.
When I asked her about the portrayal of her trans character, she said the most risky for her audience is that, "she is the most healthy, happy, normal character in the book." Quintero is an artist and activist who reaches a large audience, and someone to put on your map of allies.