This week read about a bisexual actress winning an award at the Oscars, the Court of Appeals appointing Alison Nathan, and a talent agent seeking trans actors internationally.
Ariana DeBose Makes Oscar History
Ariana DeBose won the award for best actress in a supporting role for “West Side Story” at the Academy Awards, making her the first queer woman of color to win the category. This is also Debose’s first Oscar nomination and win.
During her acceptance speech she said, “Even in this weird world we live in, dreams do come true.”
She continued to speak on her experience as a queer Afro-Latina woman using a quote from her film: “For anyone who has ever questioned their identity, there is indeed a place for us.”
Rita Moreno also won the same award for her role in the original “West Side Story,” making her the first Hispanic actress to win in the best-supporting actress category.
“Ariana DeBose is an immensely talented actress and a tremendous advocate for LGBTQ people and people of color,” GLAAD’s President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said. “She not only made history tonight as the first queer woman of color to win an Oscar, but she sent a beautiful and timely message to LGBTQ young people.”
Court of Appeals Appoint Lesbian Judge
Alison Nathan. Photo by 57nineteen, Wikimedia Commons.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 52-42 to appoint Alison Nathan to the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, making her the second LGBT woman to serve on a federal appeals court.
The vote was mainly split by party line but Republicans Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and John Kennedy voted in favor of her appointment. Nathan was nominated by President Joe Biden on a recommendation from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
When asked about her ability to serve if given this promotion she said that those who wish to better understand her need only look at her record of more than 3,000 cases. She also cited the late Justice John Paul Stevens who she models herself after.
Talent Agent Seeks to Cast Trans Actors on a Global Scale
Ann Thomas. Photo via IMDb.
Ann Thomas, the owner of America’s first transgender talent agency, is determined to broaden the number of trans actors in Hollywood. The goal for Transgender Talent is to reach global domination.
Thomas wants trans representation outside of places where it is already accepted and in order to reach international audiences so that every corner of the world can see real-life trans people.
“I realized there is no way for Hollywood to find us,” Thomas said. “So that’s when I created the company. Because we needed a safe place for transgender people to go and list with. By that time, I had heard a mountain of horror stories about bad experiences in Hollywood from people who tried to get into it.”
Right now, she’s focused on casting trans actors into cisgender roles to ensure they are attached to big projects.
“The thing is that we have to go to the lowest common denominator of what’s acceptable on global screens,” she said. “We’re not to the point where we can shove transgender stories [down] people’s throats.”
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.