Transparent 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Congratulations Our Lady J!
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