Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox Talk Being ‘Trans in Hollywood’
The October 2016 issue of OUT magazine — put together by guest editors Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, producers of the hit Amazon series Transparent – features some of Hollywood’s transgender movers and shakers, including Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox.
Zackary and Rhys entitled the issue “Trans in Hollywood,” and want to showcase trans people who are not only represented on screen, but also contribute artists and creators in film and television.
Here are some choice snippets from the OUT issue:
Caitlyn Jenner: “People have been so accepting, and my transition has certainly not been normal by any means,” says Jenner, the star of I Am Cait. As the highest-profile person ever to transition in the public eye, Jenner is adamant that her journey is unique, and that she’s not a spokesperson for all trans women. “I’m very blessed,” she said. “It’s been extraordinarily rewarding, just to wake up in the morning and be yourself and have people be accepting of that.”
Candis Cayne: Cayne made history on ABC’s 2007 series Dirty Sexy Money as the first transgender actress to play a recurring trans character in prime time. But being a trailblazer can take a personal toll, and on I Am Cait Cayne was able to open up to Caitlyn Jenner—and show the flip side to her glamorous, proud persona. “I had to represent our community. There couldn’t be a loose brick in this wall!” she says. “So it was cathartic for me to talk about the problems I’ve had being in this industry and the misogyny in our gay community against trans women.”
Laverne Cox: There’s been a lot of press about the Orange Is the New Black star’s pioneering accomplishments for the trans community over the past couple years. “It’s very tricky, those conversations about the first, because they tend to erase people who’ve come before. There are people who maybe weren’t able to be out, who were making strides that we may not even know about. It shows us how far we need to come that we’re just getting around to understanding that trans folks have talent, or are able to step into these roles on screen or on stage.”
Whoopi Goldberg: “Transgender people have been with us forever,” says Goldberg. “Not just recently. Not just on television. But in real life.” Goldberg is one of the executive producers of the new Oxygen series Strut, which follows five models from the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency, Slay Model Management.
Mya Taylor: After rising to fame in the indie hit Tangerine, Taylor has not let opportunity pass her by. Yet Taylor knows the road is never easy. Her experience as a sex worker was a direct consequence of the discrimination she faced looking for employment. “I had applied for 186 jobs in one month, and at the time I wasn’t doing great with money,” she recalled in an interview with OUT last year. “I had gotten a jaywalking ticket, and the state wouldn’t let me get my name changed legally until that was paid. So, whenever I applied for a job, they’d see a male name that didn’t match up with what I looked like. Translate that to the street with those other girls. They’ve tried to get jobs—they’ve really, really tried. So they resort to sex work, because it’s fast, and it’s easy money.”