Taking the Red Pill: Using The Matrix to Explore Transgender Identity Development

Joseph M. Currin, Fallyn M. Lee, Colton Brown, Tonya R. Hammer

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This article presents a plot analysis of The Matrix and comparisons to a transgender identity development model. Major scenes throughout the movie are discussed through the lens of Devor’s transgender identity development model. The main character’s evolution from Mr. Anderson to Neo is presented, as well as how his experiences align with multiple stages in transgender identity development. Stages of transgender identity development are discussed and emphasized, including identity confusion, discovery of transgenderism, identity acceptance, transition, and transgender pride. These stages and others are discussed and related to uses in counseling sessions with transgender individuals and their family members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-409
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017


  • Cinematherapy
  • creativity in counseling
  • identity development
  • transgender identity development


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