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Trans Voices Matter

Trans voices matter. This isn’t a radical statement. This is a human statement, and last week Cameron Mackintosh reminded us of the importance of it.

Stella Adler once said, "The #theater was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation." The truth is that while our language around the understanding of #trans #actors has grown and changed, trans actors have always existed because trans and non-binary folks have always existed.

Christine Jorgensen was an actress and singer. She was a pioneer and a performer. She was [trans?].

I for one would have loved to see her as Mary Poppins. I am excited to see Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible in Wicked. I was fortunate enough to see Theo Germaine in multiple productions of Chicago. While I hope more shows like Head Over Heels are written with notable #queer characters, I can’t wait to see more directors chose to cast trans and #nonbinary actors in roles that have been, in our limited perception, historically cast with cis actors.

To dismiss wonderful, talented actors because of your stifled views is not only hateful and bigoted but it also is not what we do. The stage is meant to show us our humanity. The totality of our humanity. Sometimes commercial art loses sight of that. Truthfully trans folks have always been part of that humanity. Trans and non-binary actors, trans and non-binary #voices need to be seen and heard. We are the truth about life and society.

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