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How Alexis Arquette and the Lady Chablis paved the way for Hollywood's transgender moment

How Alexis Arquette and the Lady Chablis paved the way for Hollywood's transgender moment

The current prevalence of transgender people in the media — from actress Laverne Cox and former Olympian-turned-reality star Caitlyn Jenner to author Janet Mock and model Laith Ashley — represents a landmark moment in pop culture. Never have trans people garnered so much mainstream attention in what some have called “the transgender tipping point.”

Yet the recent deaths of transgender pioneers the Lady Chablis and Alexis Arquette are a reminder of how far the transgender community, and society as a whole, has come in a short period of time.

“Both of their decisions to tell their stories absolutely helped move the...

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