Changing the Game: Michael Barnett & Alex Schmider

Michael Barnett and Alex Schmider spoke with Solzy at the Movies about Changing the Game, the transgender sports documentary. The film is now available on Hulu. I first saw Changing the Game two years ago during the Tribeca Film Festival. A lot has and hasn’t happened when it comes to transgender rights. All across the nation, Republican state legislatures are using their platform to treat transgender people as if they aren’t even human. We’re here…

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Pixar Looking To Cast Transgender Girl

According to a casting notice, Pixar Animation Studios is looking to cast a transgender girl as “Jess” in an upcoming project. What we know about Jess from the notice is that she’s a 14-year-old transgender girl. She is compassionate, funny, and always has your back. Pixar is looking for actresses 12-17 years old that who: Are enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic Feel comfortable in front of a microphone Can authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl…

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights

Trans rights are human rights and there is no reason on earth for the Republican Party to keep taking out their hate on transgender people. The Republican Party is at it again. It’s worse now than during the four years of Donald Trump. You know, the four years where trans people were treated like a third-class citizen in our own country. And for what? No reason whatsoever other than their fragile egos. They lost their…

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Star Wars Recognizes Transgender Representation

The Star Wars universe recognized transgender representation on Transgender Day of Visibility 2021 with a social media announcement. I’ve made no secret of my own Star Wars story. If not for Star Wars and Jurassic Park, I would not be doing what I do today. While the news comes in the form of two non-binary characters during the High Republic era, it gives me hope that trans women also exist somewhere in the universe. If…

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Happiest Season: The Not-Out-To-Family Trope

The release of Happiest Season on Hulu has led to a stir of debates but this critic is done with the trope of not being out to family in films. Where are the films about being out and having an accepting family?  Why is it that the biggest LGBTQ rom-com this year forces a love interest into the closet?  There are other ways of presenting LGBTQ rom-coms but shoving someone into the closet isn’t it. …

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Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020

October 26, 2020 will prove to be one of the worst days in American history and as such, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris must be elected. I make no secret of the fact that I am a transgender woman.  It’s something I’ve been open about since coming out to family and friends during 2015-2016.  I’ve come a long way since Mike DeCourcy profiled me in The Sporting News in November 2016.  But all of this…

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Sisters of the Force: My Star Wars Story

Ashley Eckstein took to the stage during Star Wars Celebration for Sisters of the Force to celebrate the women of the Star Wars universe. Almost as soon as the voice of Ahsoka Tano took to the stage for the Sisters of the Force panel, she told the mostly female audience that “Star Wars is for everyone.” The actress couldn’t be more right. All one has to do is look at the online vitriol.  This has…

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Scarlett Johansson would still play transgender role

Actress Scarlett Johansson is back in the news after her comments about politically correct casting in As If magazine made the rounds on the internet. Suffice it to say, her words were certainly problematic.  It’s especially problematic given the actress’s history.  Like how she whitewashed a role and decided to portray a transgender man in Rub & Tug.  These choices have led to the actress–more or less–becoming a meme over the years. ‘You know, as…

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Tribeca 2019: Framing Agnes

Framing Agnes packs a lot of punch into 19 minutes but this important transgender documentary could very well be a feature-length film. The short film serves as both a documentary and a reenactment after co-directors Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt were able to access sociologist Harold Garfinkel’s (Chase Joynt) archives.  While they knew the story of Agnes (Zachary Drucker), they didn’t know Garfinkel saw other clients.  These case files would be locked up for some 60…

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Tribeca 2019: Changing the Game

Changing the Game profiles three different transgender athletes who face various obstacles when it comes to being able to play sports. Among the trio of athletes, Mack Beggs may be the most familiar name.  This is because the transgender wrestler shot to fame in 2017 when he was forced to compete with the girls.  It just so happens that the laws in Texas were unfair to the wrestler.  The University Interscholastic League, which governs high…

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