Trans and Nonbinary Actors in Trans and Nonbinary Roles

Recent strides, and stumbles, in the of area queer representation in media have again put a spotlight on the question of who are the most appropriate people to play the roles of trans and nonbinary characters in TV and movies. While cisgender actors have frequently been used to play trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming roles, their lack of perspective when it comes to dealing with questioning gender, combined with the serious lack of roles like that to audition for, point to the need for more opportunities for trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people to be able to tell their own stories – like these three actors, who have been making a big splash taking on the roles of trans and nonbinary characters.

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Q&A: Queer Asian Actors Playing Straight Roles

While straight Asian actors have been making inroads in playing leading roles in Hollywood, queer inclusion has still been lacking. That’s why Victor Rodriguez III and Jake Choi, two examples of out, queer actors taking on straight roles, are doubly important to changing the hollow representation of the Asian community on both the big and small screen. 

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