According to TV Guide, HBO’s Hung will expand its horizons as it enters its third season by including a storyline featuring a transgender woman named Kyla. Played by transgender actress Jamie Clayton whose sole prior TV credit was cohosting VH1′s TRANSform Me, Kyla will have sex with Thomas Jane’s character Ray.
Frankly, it’s about time that a trans actor gets cast as a trans character on an established show. It’s one thing to reserve the right to select the best actor for the role, regardless of that role; it’s another thing to never consider hiring talented trans actors at all.
So yeah, glass half full.
Oh, wait, sorry. Wrong. Check out the following quote in the TV Guide piece for more evidence that Hollywood could stand to evolve on how they even discuss the concept…
Says Hung creator Colette Burson: “The idea of kissing a man was not a comfortable one for [Thomas Jane], but he did great… They had to kiss for hours. After his initial shyness, she became a woman for him.”
THAT’S BECAUSE HE WASN’T KISSING A MAN.
Glass officially resumes half-empty status.