Laverne Cox To Create Documentary About Trans Portrayals On Screen

Laverne Cox will executive produce 'Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen', a documentary based on depictions of the trans community on screen over the last 100 years.

Laverne Cox, who will produce the documentary Trans Lives On Screen, standing against a pale blue background

Award winning actress and LGBT+ advocate, Laverne Cox, has joined the team creating a documentary detailing Hollywood’s depiction of trans people and the trans experience over the last 100 years of film and television.

‘Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen’ to be directed by trans filmmaker Sam Feder, will also look at the impact these depictions have had on American culture.

Star of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and the television remake of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, Cox has been a trailblazer for positive trans depictions. “I have been obsessed for a long time with how the perception of trans people has been shaped by the ways we have been represented in film and on television. I grew up with images of trans folks that exacerbated the shame I felt about who I was. I am so excited to be a part of the ‘Disclosure’ team — to go on this journey to uncover the origin of those images, so we can leave the harmful representations behind and chart a new future for trans folks on screen.”

A groundbreaking show which might just make an appearance in the documentary, is ‘Pose’, Ryan Murphy’s depiction of the 1980’s New York ball scene, made famous by the immortal documentary ‘Paris Is Burning’, responsible for the birth of voguing and about 50% of the catchphrases on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’.

Featuring the largest trans cast ever gathered for one show on US television, it also boasts a further 50 plus cast of LGB actors. Critics have embraced the series, garlanding it with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

The show takes a look at the juxtaposition of hugely different segments of New York society in 1986 – from the rise of the luxury universe, to the downtown social and literary scene and the world of ball culture. 

‘Pose’ is currently showing on US TV screens, while we can look forward to ‘Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen’ in 2019.

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