GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis added in a statement: “Hollywood changed the game for gay and lesbian acceptance by telling compelling stories and involving community members in front and behind the camera. At a time when the industry is at a tipping point for empowering diverse voices and audiences are demanding more inclusion, Hollywood needs to prioritize transgender talent and stories.”
The letter’s release was complemented by the unveiling of a guidebook meant to act as a resource for those in Hollywood looking to tell transgender stories.
In a Variety roundtable, actress Laverne Cox, best known for her role on “Orange Is the New Black,” said seeing cisgender actors portraying transgender people “reinforces the idea that trans women are not really women and trans men are not really men and nonbinary people don’t exist.” (Cisgender is a term used to describe someone whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth).
“That is the basis of the discrimination that trans people experience,” Cox said.