She slipped a lilac corduroy overall dress on top of a red and blue stripped button-up before lacing up a pair of purple Doc Martin boots. Luna completed her outfit by putting on a leather jacket and applying shiny, metallic lipstick when a fleeting but foretelling thought came to mind. Two weeks later, a casting agent agreed, sending her an invitation to audition for the part of Lourdes, loosely conceptualized as a trans Latina witch booted from her home by a disapproving Catholic mother. The original film debuted in , five years before Luna was born. Starring Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk as coven sisters later pitted against each other in duel of good versus evil, it endures as a cult classic. Luna signed with Transgender Talent, an O.
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As we mourn George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black victims of police brutality, those committed to justice should be humbled by the reality that Tony McDade, a year-old Black trans man fatally shot in Florida last week was at least the twelfth Black trans or nonbinary person killed in It's June. Her killer has been arrested and charged and awaits trial. Pop didn't die at the hands of the police, but her murder was licensed by the same lack-of-consequences for violence against Black and Black queer people that took McDade and Floyd's lives. If state-sanctioned violence against Black people is an epidemic in America, Black trans people are at the epicenter.
In ? Still, the film has provoked a fierce debate among members of the L. While the director and the screenwriter urge a deeper reading and argue that not every film about transgender issues has to be a social justice treatise, some critics find aspects of the film difficult to look past.
On June 19, Netflix released a new documentary, Disclosure , which examines years of transgender depictions in film and television. With Laverne Cox Orange Is the New Black as executive producer and Sam Feder as director, the documentary shows the connections between trans representation on screen, society's beliefs, and the reality of trans lives — revealing "how Hollywood both reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Through a series of powerful interviews, the documentary explores how trans people have been depicted in ways that are dehumanizing, yet also in ways that are evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. The documentary comes during Pride Month, which has joined with the Black Lives Matter movement to protest for equality in the United States. Over the past week, there have been numerous demonstrations to support the Black trans community.