Wednesday, May 05, 2021


There is a lot of trans talent out there that are just waiting for that phone call to come in for audition.
20 Trans Actors Changing the Face of Hollywood
These trans celebrities are boosting LGBTQ+ visibility on screen.
Good Housekeeping
By Lizz Schumer
May 3, 2021

Like many other marginalized groups, trans people are only just beginning to appear in media in larger numbers. And thanks to trans actors and actresses who are finally getting noticed, more and more trans people can see themselves in the TV and movies they love. But it's not all good news just yet. GLAAD has tracked trans representation in the media since 2002, and found that 54% of TV shows that featured trans characters showed them in a negative light. An additional 35% ranged from "problematic" to "good," while only 12% groundbreaking, fair and accurate enough to earn a GLAAD Media Award nomination. "We hope that representations of transgender people on television evolve to become as diverse, nuanced and inspiring as the community those images reflect," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.

One of the persistent problems of trans representation onscreen is casting cisgender actors to play trans characters. This is harmful, because not only does it keep trans actors from getting work, it also perpetuates the stigma that trans people are just playing dress-up. But not only does having trans people in these roles, in writing rooms and as part of the production team improve visibility, it also results in more accurate stories. "The entertainment industry can help change that by giving us more opportunities and better parts that don't solely focus on our sexuality," actor Victoria Beltran told Vice. "It's really simple. People just have to take a risk and give us the opportunity."
So here are their picks for trans actors,
  1. Elliot Page
  2. Laverne Cox
  3. Asia Kate Dillon
  4. Indya Moore
  5. Dominique Jackson
  6. MJ Rodriguez
  7. Jamie Clayton
I remember her from watching Sense 8 on Netflix, the show tells the story of eight strangers connected through what they perceive as dreams or visions, they suddenly find themselves growing mentally and emotionally connected. The shows were directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski
  1. Hunter Schafer
  2. Elliot Fletcher
  3. Josie Totah
  4. Jen Richards
I also remember her from the YouTube series that she directed and starred in Her Story.
  1. Alexandra Billings
  2. Brian Michael Smith
  3. Nicole Maines
I meet her and her mother, we went out to dinner with her and her mother and the rest of CTAC board after her keynote speech at the Trans Health & Law conference.
  1. Trace Lysette
  2. Leo Sheng
  3. Mya Taylor
  4. Jake Graf
  5. Scott Turner Schofield
I met him at Real Art Ways in Hartford where he did a show called “127 Way to Become a Man” and I also saw him at Fantasia Fair where he did a one man show.
  1. Alexandra Grey
I would have included Rachel Crowl who has numerous plays and movies she is best know for “And Then There Was Eve” that won many awards at film festivals around the country.

So there is a lot of trans talent out there so there is really no reason to have trans face actors.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Diana. Let no one say there are no Trans actors. This is an excellent follow up to the article published yesterday in the Hartford Courant. I sent along a link to Christopher Arnott who wrote the Courant article and suggested he do a follow up. He is a great ally, all around good person and good writer. Be well and safe and keep up the good fight.