Amazon Studios announced last week that it will host 10 episodes of Transparent, a new dramedy about a trans woman coming out to her grown children.
The series was picked up for a full season with five others, chosen because its pilot received high ratings and positive comments among viewers. It will be available for purchase or streaming on Amazon Prime.
While hiring a cisgender actor (Jeffrey Tambor) to portray a trans woman often sparks harsh criticism, Transparent creator Jill Soloway acknowledges the critique head-on.
"It’s a line to walk," Soloway told The Advocate in a February interview. “But I feel like it’s a bit of a safe space for the reality that a lot of older trans women don’t necessarily medically transition. I think there’s a story we can tell here. … For Maura’s journey and where she’s going to go, particularly a her age — whether or not she’s going to medically transition is something we can play with.”
LGBT advocacy groups, including organizers who focus on trans issues, helped with the creation of the show. You can also check out the trailer here. What say you?
“If you are 35 or younger - and quite often, older - the advice of the old economy does not apply to you. You live in the post-employment economy, where corporations have decided not to pay people. Profits are still high. The money is still there. But not for you. You will work without a raise, benefits, or job security. Survival is now a laudable aspiration.”—
“In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM - science, technology, engineering and medicine - are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.
It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.”
shoutout to all the other ex-gifted & talented/honor student/straight a/senior editor/star student/99th percentile/once-creative burn-outs who have, since high school, realized they are truly miniscule fish in a giant, endless ocean, criticized themselves to the point of creative paralysis, and participated in so much self-sabotage they no longer see the point of doing anything at all because they’re just going to ruin it for themselves anyway
maybe i’m a goddamn bleeding heart hippie liberal but i’m totally down with paying an extra .50 cents for a thing of fries if the person who makes me those fries doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to survive.
most studies show that prices would only have to go up by 1 to 3 cents in order to raise employee wages significantly
or, you know, the ceo’s could take pay cuts but that would be so hard for the poor multimillionaires
i beg all creators: if you include nonstraight and/or noncis characters in your stories SAY IT OUTRIGHT AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE IN THE STORY BECAUSE CISHETS WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO TURN THEM CISHET PLEASE I BEG U
I want more queer friendship stories. Not just stories where the only two queer people find each other and fall in unhealthy codependent love in a sea of cishets. Give me whole communities of queer people. Give me queer best friends gushing to each other about their silly…
do you think you could draw a comic about what it feels like when the person you love touches you? like when they just nudge your hand or accidentally rub up against your arm and how special those little touches are?
I have never been in love and I have no idea what this feels like