Why aren’t there more transgender actors in movies and on TV?
It has a lot to do with the fact that they aren’t being given opportunities – even transgender characters are often portrayed by cisgender actors who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
And you might have heard the excuses for this pattern, called cis-washing. Some people say cisgender actors just happen to be landing these roles because they’re more experienced.
But these people aren’t recognizing the endless cycle that’s keeping trans actors from getting more experience. This comic really puts in perspective the invisibility of trans actors.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- 7 Trans Media Tropes That Need to Stop
- These 10 ‘Acceptable’ Trans Narratives Are Actually Holding Us Back
- This Is Exactly Why We Need the Leadership of Trans Women of Color
- Laverne Cox Explains the Intersection of Transphobia, Racism, and Misogyny (And What to Do About It)
Ronnie Rene Ritchie is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism, an illustrator, and storyteller working out of Peterborough, Ontario. Since graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon with a BFA in Illustration, Ronnie has had work featured in galleries and sex shops across North America, and their autobiographical webcomic, GQutie, has seen its popularity soar online. Learn more about GQutie, Ronnie’s illustration, or follow them on Twitter @ronithebear.