Fisher calls attention to the mutual feelings the LGBTQ community and Frankenstein’s creation both share, in terms of feeling unaccepted by their community, the feeling of exclusion and marginalization, and the feeling of low self esteem/lack of love for themselves. For one, Fisher points to her relation to the “monster” by mentioning how “so many other transgender people have been bullied, brutalized, pushed to suicide or murdered”, alluding to how the “monster” was treated by the villagers. In chapter 12, the “monster” explained that he longed to join the villagers but he “remembered too well the treatment [he] had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers”, deeming him an outsider marginalized because of something he could not control. This is why Fisher stated “The villagers still refuse to accept us. We remain no more than monsters”, because members of the LGBTQ community are also marginalized due to something out of their control, something that makes them them. Fisher and the creature both have in common their lack of self love, considering the monster stated “I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool”, revealing his hatred for his looks and his desire to change his looks, which transgender people strive for as well. Another thing transgender people have in common with the creature is how the creature doesn’t identify with either gender. Although Fisher and/or members of the LGBTQ community may feel like “monsters”, ultimately who’s to say everyone else isn’t the monsters, therefore they need to love themselves that much more for being different.


-Jaimee Watson