Before we go restarting the debate over self-identified men playing trans roles, can we just all agree that the upcoming Amazon series Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor looks honest and heartfelt?
The show follows the story of a middle-aged trans woman (Tambor) with three adult children (one of whom is a lesbian) coming out of the closet late in life.
When the series played at Los Angeles gay film fest Outfest last month, trans activist Ashley Love said during the Q&A:
“We see this as ‘transface’—it’s 2014, why can’t the industry evolve? I personally know trans women who wanted to audition for the role, but [the production] wanted a well-known man instead. Why don’t our gay and lesbian friends learn from the trans community?”
But watching the newly released preview for the show, it’s hard to be anything but intrigued by what looks to be a sincere performance on Tambor’s part.
Take a look: