First Ever Trans Lead Character Coming To U.S. Prime Time TV

First Ever Trans Lead Character Coming To U.S. Prime Time TV

A new drama about a transgender teenager has been green-lit by US broadcaster The CW. Ze will revolve around a female-to-male transgender teen and his family.

After the teenager comes out to his family and starts living as a male, his already dysfunctional family spin into identity crises of their own, leaving him to discover he is the most well-adjusted of them all.

Ze will be penned by Brooklyn-based writer-playwright Kyle Jarrow and executive produced by Michael London, known for his work on the Oscar-winning biopic Milk, about San Francisco gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk.

The show is a first in the USA, as no prime time show has had a trans lead character before. (Trans characters have had their own shows in other countries.)

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12 Comments on “First Ever Trans Lead Character Coming To U.S. Prime Time TV

  1. James McKenzie

    Awesome – I wish we had an Australian tv show like this one. Trans people are invisible on our tv drama screens.

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  2. Max St. Jean

    As a teenage transman, the representation in media will be great and I look forward to seeing it! But I do agree, I hope that the actor will be in fact a trans actor or the representation means nothing.

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    1. Bub

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      1. Shelley

        Bub, we get that same line of crap every time a cisperson is cast in a trans role.
        That argument had gotten old.

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      2. Heather Barron

        The only acceptable excuse to not have trans actors play trans characters these days is if an A-list actor steps up and knocks it way out of the park. Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent just acts the fuck out of his role. THAT is powerful, positive representation. That’s about what it takes for the average trans person to overlook the erasure.

        The roreaentation would be a huge step forward for trans rights, and would set the example that it’s okay to be trans, no matter who plays the role.

        Really? Then why don’t white actors continue to take black roles by using blackface? Why is it acceptable to erase trans actors, but no longer acceptable to erase black actors?

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      3. annak

        Not hiring a trans actor enforces inequality in the film/tv industry. At this moment, playing a character identified primarily as a trans person is the only acting job a trans person could get. Without a trans person in that role, this just becomes another cis-produced narrative profiting from trans experience, supporting us in theme only, and supporting inequality in everything else. We don’t have to settle for cis people to be comfortable.

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  3. Rowan

    I love it and I don’t care really one way or the other weather the part is played by an actually transgender actor or not but I can see the pros of if it was infact a trans actor and that be the show being able to show some actual change and progress in the characters transition but right now I do care who plays the lead as long as they represent transmen in a way that doesn’t mock us and plays the character well

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    1. Felicity

      A person can identify as male, but still prefer gender neutral pronouns, and honestly, I’d be glad if that was the case, because, currently, very few people know such pronouns exist.

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  4. x

    I don’t get why the show is called “Ze.” The show is about a trans guy. Ze is a gender neutral pronoun for nonbinary people. The guy isn’t nonbinary; he’s a guy, and I feel like it’s weird that they’re naming the show that will have nothing really to do with him.

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    1. Felicity

      A person can identify as male, but still prefer gender neutral pronouns, and honestly, I’d be glad if that was the case, because, currently, very few people know such pronouns exist.

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