Jeffrey Tambor

Why it's time Hollywood let trans voices tell, and embody, their own stories

Why it's time Hollywood let trans voices tell, and embody, their own stories

Jared Leto won an Oscar for it. Jeffrey Tambor won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for it.

But when the actors took off the hair and makeup that helped turn them into transgender women, left in the mirror were two cisgender men.

Herein lies the problem with Hollywood casting. It reinforces the notion that being transgender is a performance of sorts, that underneath whatever clothes trans people may be wearing, they are actually what their birth certificate says.

Transgender representation in the media is at an all-time high. Laverne Cox has received acclaim and award nominations for her role on “Orange Is the New Black.” Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most...

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