LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Are you an A-list celebrity? Thinking about coming out (transgender)? Want to be Queen (or King) Of All Media? Only 2 requirements: (1) Be higher in popularity than Caitlyn Jenner, (2) be left of center in thinking. Compensation: Huge IMDb.com popularity bump, hob nob with transgender activists and advocates, book deals, TV reality show, film offers, clothing line, and most importantly, the go-to person for media reporting on all things transgender.
By now, it is clear the transgender community usually doesn’t get to pick their own spokespersons in popular culture. The de facto spokesperson for the trans community often ends up being the the most popular celebrity to have recently come out as transgender — an appointment made completely out of our hands.
For a while there, it has worked out for us. People like Chaz Bono, Lana Wachowski, and now, her sister, Lilly. A musician here, a billionaire there. All usually saying the right things, at the right time — sure, there’s been gaffes, but transitions are never smooth — even for the most uber-cool among us.
We also have our home-grown popular culture celebrities: Trans people like Laverne Cox, Jenna Talakova, and Hari Nef — people who became popular culture figures after coming out.
Instead of one of these amazing people as our trans spokesperson, we’ve now someone who has political bent to the right of the Dowager Countess and about as gaffe-free as a Court Jester. Initially welcomed, now, the mat’s worn. Well’s dry. Gift horse dead. Insert your favorite we’re-tired-of-Caitlyn cliche here.
So, if you’re an A-list celebrity — Oscar-calibre this time, no more cereal boxes — and have “liked” the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Facebook page, have your agent contact me.
I’ve written dozens and dozens of articles about about most of the amazing trans people in this space, including many positive articles about Caitlyn Jenner. Use this site’s search function.
Caitlyn Jenner’s last straw: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/caitlyn-jenner-hillary-clinton_us_56deeeb3e4b0ffe6f8ea9bf6
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/
Categories: Transgender, Transsexual, Trans