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Detroit Writer Talks With the Founders of Hollywood’s First Transgender Talent Agency

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There were more transgender characters on TV and in film, but still few trans actors and writers

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On Sunday, November 20, activists around the nation mourned the two dozen transgender people murdered this year in the U.S. It’s the deadliest year for the transgender community on record, but 2016 also marks the year that the highest number of transgender characters were portrayed on TV and in film. Activists say that doesn’t translate to trans actors and writers getting more work. 

Detroit-based journalist Liana Aghajanian has written a new piece for Rolling Stone about the transgender community’s efforts to be hired to act, write, and direct in Hollywood. We talked about what activists are doing to change the situation. 

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Amanda LeClaire, Host, CultureShift

Amanda LeClaire is host of CultureShift. She spent a few years in the southwest for Arizona Public Media.

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