Centering Trans & Nonbinary Voices in Film and TV: Actors, Writers & Creatives You Should Support On & Offscreen

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In June 2020, Sam Feder’s documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020), debuted on Netflix. Featuring commentary from trans activists, historians and creatives, the doc took an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of trans folks over the years — and how what made it to the screen largely informed and shaped American society’s perception of trans folks in turn. 

From portraying how characters and TV shows reinforced ignorant, dangerous stereotypes to dissecting how cisgender actors portraying trans characters can actually do more harm than good, Disclosure made many truths apparent. But, chief among them is that trans performers, filmmakers and creatives must be given more agency when it comes to telling their stories — and they must be given the same opportunities and platforms when it comes to storytelling in general.

That is, visibility more than matters — it is essential, especially when it comes to undoing the harm of Hollywood’s past. Want to support these folks doing the essential work? Here are just some of the incredible trans and non-binary creatives, actors and voices who are centering their communities’ stories on and off the screen.

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