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Transparent Hires First Trans Staff Writer as Promised

Illustration for article titled ​emTransparent/em Hires First Trans Staff Writer as Promised

Yesterday, transgender musician and singer-songwriter Our Lady J announced that she has joined the writing staff for Season 2 of Amazon's acclaimed show Transparent. Awesome.

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Back in October, when Amazon announced Transparent would be back for another season, the show's creator Jill Soloway made it a goal to hire a trans woman as a staff writer even if that meant providing some training to write for television, saying:

"No matter what we did, we were always going to be otherising Maura in some way," said Soloway. "And in the same way where I wouldn't want a man to say, 'I can have a writers' room full of men and we can write women just fine,' I can't say that I can create a show about a trans woman and not have a trans woman writing for me."

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While Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange is the New Black found Soloway's approach to be limiting, it looks like Soloway has fulfilled her goal. Our Lady J took to her Facebook and Instagram to announce the good news.

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I'm so happy to announce that I'll be taking the next year off from touring to dedicate my life to the Pfefferman's as staff writer for season two of #transparenttv. Thank you for having faith in me, @jillsoloway. The world is beginning to see us as we have seen ourselves.

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Congratulations Our Lady J!

[h/t Autostraddle]

Image via AP.

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My (trans) daughter refuses to watch this show no matter how many times I try to convince her. She's boycotting because Maura is not played by a trans actor. I personally think he does an astonishingly great performance. I tried to argue that he's perfect since Maura is just in the beginning stages of transition and a cis actor is a valid choice since the character has lived as a man for 60+ years.

Maybe this addition to the writing staff will help my cause.