Ladyboy – a boy band consisting of four trans men – are attempting to crowdfund a new reality format series. The proposed series – Born Stars – would follow musicians Xander Idris, Ethan Remillard, Cole Hayes and Rowan Seitz as they balance music, sex and life in Los Angeles.
The series, which would be a hybrid of Entourage, Making the Band and Big Brother would be a milestone for trans men, who are consistently under-represented in the media.
The band’s funding statement says:
“Born Stars increases representation by starring four transgender men, working with other transgender people and being supported by an LGBT crew. We especially want to bring more awareness to the transmasculine community in hopes of increasing representation for transgender youth.”
Band member Xander Idris spoke about the need for increased representation of trans men in the mainstream:
“Trans guys don’t get a lot of exposure in the media. We’re hoping with this show to get more exposure and basically show people that we’re someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s grandson, boyfriend. We’re humans with dreams just like everyone else.
“Ultimately what we want other people to know is that it’s ok to be like this.”
The bond shared between the musicians would be a central part of the web-series. Cole Hayes spoke about the band’s dynamic:
“This is a relationship that is unique to us – that’s why it’s special. That’s why it’s worth talking about.”
The boy band spoke about how the compelling nature of Born Stars would improve perceptions of trans men:
“We were sure if executed properly, this story would resonate with viewers because once you fall in love with the guys you won’t be able to tear yourself away from them, no matter how foreign the issues may be to you. It’s just boys being boys with a twist. No act of congress has ever advanced human rights in the United States or had the impact of a pop culture phenomenon featuring stars of that community.”
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