WeHoTV NewsByte: Salute to Trans Celebrities

WeHoTV NewsByte: Salute to Trans Celebrities


Through November, West Hollywood observed
Transgender Awareness Month. So, in honor of this theme, we’d like to
take a moment to acknowledge some amazing transgender people who have advanced positive
trans visibility with our- Salute to Transgender Celebrities! Alexandra Billings Best known as Davina on Transparent, Billings
made history in 2005 by being one of the first transgender actors to pay a transgender character,
in the made for TV movie Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning. The actress will once again make history this
January as the first transgender woman to portray the character of Madame Morrible in
Broadway’s Wicked. Hey, Alexandra, while you break gender-norms,
be sure to also break a leg, boo! Josie Totah Originally credited as JJ Totah in shows like
Glee, and The Champions, the 18 year old actress publicly came out as transgender female in
an article she wrote for Time Magazine. Totah embodies Generation Z’s refreshingly
positive embrace trans lives. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload
original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the wor… I walked into my high school and literally
there was my entire mock trial team, my coach, my principal, and everyone with open arms
saying “Josie! Josie! We love you so much! We’re so happy for you. We accept you.” It was like the room lit up. It was insane. Amanda Lepore Progress in the acceptance of transgender
teens today is built in no small part on the examples of transgender people that came before,
such as Amanda Lepore. One of the Club Kids, aka the celebutantes,
of the 90’s New York nightlife scene, Amanda rose to prominence after becoming the muse
to famed fashion photographer David La Chapelle, collaborating on a myriad of projects, generating
both adulation, and envy, among her contemporaries. “A lot of people hated me, and then there
was people that liked me. But all the good people liked me, so it didn’t
really matter.” This may sound simplistic, but Amanda’s
words serve as a mantra that should be embraced by everyone: transgender, cisgender, and everything
in-between. Screw the haters,and surround yourself with
those who love you. And to all the transgender people watching,
let me say on behalf of West Hollywood: We Love you!

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