Cisgender Woman plays Transgender Woman in Lola Pater

A cisgender woman was cast as a transgender woman in Lola Pater, a French film that screened recently at the Locarno Film Festival. The film is directed by Nadir Moknèche and stars Fanny Ardant, Tewfik Jallab, Nadia Kaci. The synopsis for the film: “When his mother dies, Zino decides to find his father, Farid. But 25 years ago, Farid became Lola…” From the review in The Hollywood Reporter: One could question director Moknech’s decision to not use a real trans person…

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Roseanne reboot seeks “Gender-Creative” Child despite Transphobic History

The reboot of Roseanne is reportedly seeking a gender-creative child despite series star Roseanne’s own personal transphobic history. Personally, I don’t think Roseanne Barr has changed her ways since earlier this year when she said that a transgender male should not be allowed to wrestle with the guys as she called testosterone a steroid.  She doesn’t understand what transgender people are going through nor does she want to. The announcement, which was reported by Fox…

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TCA: GLAAD – Only 11 Transgender Characters on Television Series

According to today’s GLAAD panel at the TCA summer meetings, there are only 11 transgender characters on broadcast, cable, and streaming television series.  These numbers are as of today: August 4, 2017. These are numbers that need to improve because 11 is a small number when you factor in the 278 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters (71 on broadcast, 142 on cable, 65 on streaming).  Of the 83 bisexual characters, there are 64 women…

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Dave Chappelle’s Transgender Jokes are Transphobic, Not Funny

It has been reported by that comedian Dave Chappelle is still making transphobic jokes at the expense of the transgender community–and he’s still missing the point. It’s not funny and if you think it is, you’re dead wrong. If you are cisgender, let me remind you that cis people don’t get to choose what’s transphobic nor do they get to tell transgender people what is or isn’t transphobic.  If a trans person tells you something…

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Late Night shows tackle Transgender Military Ban

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah invited two transgender military veterans, Sergeant Major (Ret.) Jennifer Marie Young and Joey Whimple, to discuss Donald Trump’s transgender military ban while The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon featured transgender comedian Patti Harrison during Fallon’s monologue. It was a really wise decision by The Daily Show to bring in two military veterans. It’s been a trying day for many of us in the transgender community–myself included as I got…

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Actress Laverne Cox speaks out on Transgender Military Ban

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has spoken out in response to President Donald Trumps’ transgender military ban: “I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current…

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Filmmaker Harley McKabe talks The Other Guy Part: .37

Chicago-based filmmaker Harley McKabe spoke to Solzy at the Movies on a rainy Wednesday last week in advance of The Other Guy Part: .37 premiering on Friday night. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things going? Harley McKabe:  Things are going well. I enjoy the rain. You recently wrote and directed The Other Guy Part: .37, which is premiering on July 21st during a punk rock concert at Reggie’s Music…

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Jordan Hope Miller talks documentary series Their Hope: An Untold Narrative of Trans Experience

Transgender musican and filmmaker Jordan Hope Miller recently spoke to Solzy at the Movies about his upcoming documentary series, Their Hope: An Untold Narrative of Trans Experience.  You can donate to the project on Indiegogo. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Jordan Hope Miller: Things are treating me very well. I am in the process of taking a leap of faith and pursuing something that has been calling…

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Amy Fox talks The Switch, first transgender sitcom

Transgender showrunner Amy Fox took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about The Switch. When did you conceive the idea for this series, which is the first transgender sitcom, and how soon did you start a Kickstarter campaign for The Switch? Amy Fox: We came up with the idea in 2010. We did a web pilot and tried kickstarting a first season in 2013 – but the Kickstarter failed. We made a…

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Transgender Representation in the Media: How do we improve it?

In light of yet another movie with a cis male starring as a trans woman, it is more important than ever that Hollywood starts to portray transgender people in the right light. “Trans people are way underrepresented in trans stories,” says Shadi Petosky, the executive producer for Amazon’s Danger & Eggs.  “We’re newsworthy, so our stories are valuable, and these cis writers and producers want to exploit that.  Even Transparent had no trans writers Season…

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