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A New Film Called ‘Trans Los Angeles’ Is Coming Out and It Features Mostly Queer, Latinx Talent

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If you’re afraid there is going to be a big “Pose”-shaped hole in your heart after the upcoming final season, then we might have some good news for you. A new movie called “Trans Los Angeles” might be just what the doctor ordered.

On Wednesday, Deadline announced that a new movie called “Trans Los Angeles” is officially in the works.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the cast of “Trans Los Angeles” will feature a range of LGBTQ Latinx talent, including Stephanie Beatriz, Carmen Carrera, and YaYa Gosselin. The movie is the vision of up-and-coming transgender writer/director Kase Peña.

According to Deadline, “Trans Los Angeles” will be an anthology film, made up of four four stand-alone shorts. Each segment will focus on a different character in a different part of Los Angeles and spotlight the different and varying lives of trans people.

One of the stand-alone shorts has buzz around it already. The anthology installment “Period” will star the aforementioned Latinx superstars Stephanie Beatriz, Carmen Carrera, and YaYa Gosselin.

Per Deadline, “Period” will center on a Latinx transgender woman named Vergara (Carmen Carrera) who has recently been released from LA County jail. Vergara “gets a part-time job taking care of a shy 12-year-old girl (YaYa Gosselin), while doing sex work on the side, to make ends meet.” However, things become complicated for Vergara because “sex work is what got her locked up in the first place.”

“Trans Los Angeles” will be, without a doubt, trailblazing. It is rare that Hollywood makes movies with transgender people as main characters and transgender artists inhabiting the roles. So far, Panavision, Light Iron Post, WarnerMedia, and Latino Lens are backing “Trans Los Angeles”. The WeHo Transgender Arts Initiative grant is also partially-funding the film.

Excited for the news, fans and fellow celebrities alike flooded the social media accounts of all of those involved, offering their endless support and congratulations.

“So happy for you!!!! 👏👏👏” wrote Eva Longoria. Another fan added “Can’t wait to see this, Carmen!! YOU GO GIRL!!!”. Writer/director Kase Peña commented: “It’s only the beginning. That’s all. ❤️🔥”

Last year, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival selected Peña to participate in a Netflix’s Latinx Inclusion Fellowship Series. The fact that Peña was able to get such an ambitious project off the ground shows that it just takes a bit of effort on Hollywood’s part for more diverse stories to get made.

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

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The pandemic has left us hyper-focused on cleanliness and hygiene. This new normal has expanded to envelope everything in life, like work. Billy Porter, in partnership with Clorox® Scentiva®, spoke with mitú about working post-quarantine and a sweepstakes to help people upgrade their homes.

Billy Porter is grateful to have been able to get back to work after an uncertain year of quarantine.

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The pandemic shut down nearly every aspect of life over the past year. This includes production on television shows and movies while we waited to learn how the virus spread. Porter was one of the entertainers who had to wait to see what his job looked like. Covid protocols and disinfecting practices allowed him to get back to what he loved.

“My momma in the church always said that cleanliness is next to godliness so I’m trying to be as spiritually hive minded as I possibly can,” Porter says. “Keeping myself clean, keeping my space clean. Keeping my life clean and in order. It is a blessing and a gift to be able to get back to work in this time.”

Porter acknowledges that his ability to work during this time is something that so many people are unable to relate to. He recognizes the privilege he has in being able to go back to filming the final season of “Pose.”

The show is such a powerful moment of representation for queer and trans people of color.

Trans and queer people of color have long been ignored by both mainstream media and within the LGBTQ+ community. “Pose” was a time for the community to truly shine while telling the story of a generation that fought for their lives.

Porter is grateful to have the chance to be one of the players making the stories come to life. When he first started acting, the idea of a show like “Pose” was impossible.

“I also am grateful that I get to be a vessel to tell the story of the generation of people who were my friends whose legacy I get to lay out for the world and on whose shoulders I stand,” Porter says. “It was so great to go back post-quarantine to the set.”

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READ: ‘Pose’ Will Be Ending After Its Upcoming 3rd Season and Fans Are Crushed

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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Just when you thought “Grey’s Anatomy” had literally done every storyline in the book, they turn around and surprise you. And this time, “Grey”‘s is bringing some good news.

Now, in 2021, after 17 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally featuring its first indigenous doctor, Dr. James Chee, played by actor Robert I Mesa.

Robert I Mesa is an actor of Navajo and Soboba descent. According to an online biography, Mesa is self-taught photographer, filmmaker and actor working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mesa took to Instagram to celebrate the good news about being the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s”.

“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”

Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.

In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.

“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”

Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.

“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”

We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.

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